Posted by on Oct 7, 2018 in Breathing Facts | 0 comments

The Viral Respiratory Infection

This is the time of year when we see an increase in upper respiratory tract infections (URI). The school is fine, the children gather in the classrooms and the germs are transmitted through sneezing, coughing and hand washing. And it will not be long before these germs reach your home!

Besides places were people gather, a respiratory infection might occur due to a surgery, for example breast surgery because this type of surgery is performed on the patient’s chest. If you are planning this kind of surgery you can visit to discuss your concerns.

If you see me, you feel miserable – your head is clogged, your nose is running, your throat is rough and you have pain everywhere. You hope to give you something to improve yourself.

But if you are healthy without a chronic illness, it is very likely that you have a viral infection. If you do not have any of these three bacterial infections, antibiotics are not useful for you.

Most other viral respiratory infection are caused by viruses. We will go into more details with each of these bacterial infections.

  • Ear Infections

More common in children, because their eustachian tube is smaller and placed so that the bacteria from the nose and throat to the rise of the ear and therefore are more prone to ear infections. Whether these infections are decided or not depending on the severity of the disease and how long you were sick.

Adults with ear infections and general complaints about moderate to severe earaches. The signs of ear infection are quite obvious. These people need antibiotics to eliminate the infection quickly.

  • viral respiratory infectionSinusitis: The Symptoms are:

To a headache

Pain in the middle of the cheek or between or behind the eyes

Facial swelling on one cheek

But here is the case of sinus infections, which tend to clear spontaneously in 10 days. Since most antibiotics last for 10 days (it takes until the antibiotics penetrate the sinuses and kill the bacteria), he advised the guidelines that antibiotic treatment has begun, when the patient had symptoms during minus 10 days This should avoid overuse of antibiotics.

Now, policies are not mandates. If a patient arrives, her cheek is swollen, she has a terrible headache, and she can not rest, I’m not going to tell her that she should wait 10 days – I treat them.

However, once it is clear that the patient has a sinus infection and it is not serious, I explain the above and ask if he or she feels that sinusitis is serious enough to handle. In deciding whether to treat them, I discovered that patients often did not choose antibiotics.

  • Throat Infection

Ahh, the dreaded sore throat – many people are afraid, they have it, but only about 5-10% of sore throats are due to streptococcal infections (in short “strep”) caused in adults. Again, it is more common in children (30%). Once again, the vast majority of sore throats are caused by viruses.

The diagnosis is quick and easy with the rapid Strep-Test-swab swab; in a few minutes, we can achieve the result. The improvement is usually carried out within 24 hours, eleven antibiotics were started.

So, what is the final result?

Most upper respiratory infections, in healthy adults, are caused by viruses and antibiotics will not cure them. The good news is that most viral infections take between 7 and 10 days.

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