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Dr. Piyush Agarwal is a renowned Pediatrician in S V Road, Mumbai. He is currently associated with Rohit nursing home in S V Road, Mumbai. Book an appointment online with Dr. Piyush Agarwal and consult privately on

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Acute Respiratory Infections: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine Specialist, Faridabad
Acute Respiratory Infections: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Recent years have witnessed the severity of acute respiratory infections. The main cause is exposure to more of respiratory Infection causing microorganisms. Everyone is at a high risk of exposure. The infections can affect all age groups equally. Therefore, you must know all about acute respiratory infections.

Acute respiratory infections may interfere in normal breathing. The infection often starts as a viral infection in the nose, trachea (windpipe) or in the lungs. In cases of non treatment, the infection spreads to the entire respiratory system. The infections are transmissible.

There are many respiratory infections of which causes are unknown. However, a few known viral causes are as follows:

  1. Adenoviruses: These viruses are known to have over 50 different types of viruses causing common cold, bronchitis as well as pneumonia.
  2. Rhinoviruses: These viruses cause common cold. Those individuals, be it young or old, who have a weak immune system can have an acute respiratory infection.
  3. Influenza virus: This is also known as Orthomyxovirus with six types of viruses, such as Type A, B and C, Isa Virus, Thogoto Virus and Coronavirus. Out of these, Type A is known to cause a severe disease.
  4. Enterovirus: This virus is associated with several human and mammalian diseases, including acute respiratory infection.
  5. Respiratory syncytial virus: This virus causes respiratory tract infections in the lower respiratory tract.

Bacterial causes are as follows:

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Bordetella pertussis
  • Corynebacterium diphtheria
  • Pneumococcus: It is a cause of meningitis and Pneumonia.
  • Streptococcus pyogenes
  • Haemophilus influenzae

Few of the prominent symptoms are as follows:

  1. Itchy, watery eyes - Soreness behind eyes and often conjunctivitis
  2. Nasal discharge and congestion
  3. Sneezing
  4. Having Sore throat
  5. Coughing
  6. Severe headache
  7. Fever
  8. Malaise
  9. Fatigue
  10. Muscle pain
  11. Diagnosis

The first thing that the doctor tends to check is the breathing pattern of the patient, followed by a number of checks:

  1. Fluid and inflammation in the lungs
  2. Nose and throat checks
  3. X-ray or CT scan would be required to check the condition of the lungs in advanced cases

There could be complications such as respiratory failure, respiratory arrest or congestive heart failure

Ideally for viruses, there isn't any cure. Medications that are prescribed are for the symptoms.

  1. Cautious use of antibiotics for the symptoms can reduce adverse effects as well as decrease costs. It will also reduce drug resistance.
  2. A single oral dose of nasal decongestant used in common cold could be moderately effective to aid congestion in grown-ups for a short period.
  3. Alternate medications, such as the use of vitamin C help in the inhibition and cure of upper respiratory infections.


  1. Probiotics and vaccination are available for certain infections such as URTIs, Adenoviruses and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
  2. Best prevention is to boost your immune system

    If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor.

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My niece is 11 years old and she often suffers from stomach infections. One of the doctor told us that she had wheat infection and she should not be served wheat. I heard it for first time. There was no tests done at all. Please suggest what should we do. What kind of test is required to find our this wheat infection. She can't be on rice for entire life. Please help doctor. Please.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, Tk, plenty of water to hydrate your body regulating your metabolism to rescue infection. Go for meditation to reduce your stress nourishing your digestive system to check wheat allergy. Your diet be easily digestible on time to check gastric disorder. Tk, homoeopathic medicine:@ Alumina 30-5 drops, thrice Avoid, junkfood. Tk, care.
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My child (2.5 yrs) has suffering with phlegm (sputum) and doctor prescribed ambrodil syrup ,but still it has not controlled .shall we go for asthalin, benadry/any nebulizer treatment?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Hi Ashwin... You don't understand the effects of asthalin.. Your child may need it for rest of his life... Better take Homoeopathic treatment... I am sure you will have good results.. Give Homoeopathic Kali Carb 30 TDs... For 2 days... Better take proper treatment with Consult..
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Sir, I have one month baby. After he drink milk from his mother immediately getting vomiting. Here we already consult doctor he told baby has gas inside and gave medicine we are using but not effective. He is not getting sleep after he drink milk. What should we do.

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Ludhiana
Sir, I have one month baby. After he drink milk from his mother immediately getting vomiting. Here we already consult...
Homoeopathic medicine AETHUSA CYNAPIUM 30 ( dr reckeweg) Ask the homoeopathic pharmacist to prepare one drahm of this above medicine in 10 number globules. Chew 10 globules 3 times daily for 3-5 days.Your child will be normal.
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My baby is 4 months old. He is developing rashes around his private parts. Please suggest.

M.D.Pediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Mumbai
My baby is 4 months old. He is developing rashes around his private parts. Please suggest.
Dear Lynbrate user If your child wears diapers then surely it's Nappy rash , keep the baby dry and naked for many times in a can use happy nappy ointment Hope this helps or use Neosporin-H ointment
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My son, s age 3 year, for the past 2 days he has cough problem (using coflet) some time fever (using crocin vx syrup) and twice in a day or night blood from the nose, Please suggest the treatment.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
My son, s age 3 year, for the past 2 days he has cough problem (using coflet) some time fever (using crocin vx syrup)...
Hi Manoj... Don't want to hurt you but you are giving all the wrong Medicine.. And still you don't want to consult... You will harm your baby... You know the side effects of allopathic medicine though prescribed by doctor.. and you are giving it without knowledge.. Do you know what does crocin and cough syrup do? What side effects they have.. They just suppress the symptoms for a while and will never cure it.. So better Consult and take proper treatment.. If you are trying to save money of Consultation then mark my words that you will have to spend double..
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My child of 7 years having epilepsy since 2.5 years and taking continue medicine but sezuires are not stopping and have changed doctors also suggest what to do to stop sezuires. Taking care also. But problem occurs when it happens in school. School also takes care but how to stop sezuires.

Diploma In Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
He must be put on 3-4 anticonvulsants depending on type of epilepsy. You should be under guidance of pediatric neurologist. It may take some time but cause should be known for this.
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M B B S , MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Delhi
Viamin D supplementation (400 IU per day ) should be started early since newborn period...prevents rickets later...
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