Lung and Respiratory Infections

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Respiratory infections refer to a wide variety of infectious diseases that reside within the respiratory tract. There are many types of infections that are classified as lung and respiratory infections including Measles and Scarlet Fever.

Measles is caused by a virus and has many symptoms including fever, cough, red eyes and a rash. It is very contagious and the incubation period takes less than twelve hours. There is no set treatment for those suffering from measles, with many people clearing the virus on their own. If complications do occur it is important to seek medical treatment right away.

Scarlet fever usually infects young children. Symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, rash and fever. The disease is spread through inhalation and is usually successfully treated with antibiotics.

Other common infections include Whooping Cough, Bronciolitis and Influenza.

There are two different types of respiratory infections including upper respiratory infections and lower respiratory infections.  Upper respiratory infections usually affect the nose, sinus passages and larynx. There are many different infections that are classified as upper respiratory infections including Tonsillitis and Influenza. Symptoms of upper respiratory infections include sore throat, nasal congestion and fever.

Lower respiratory infections usually affect the trachea, bronchioles, lungs and bronchial tubes. Some of the most common types of lower respiratory infections include Bronchitis and Influenza.

Lung infections can have many alarming symptoms. Symptoms of a lung infection include fever, shortness of breath and chest pain. Many people who have a lung infection also complain of a painful cough and mucus. There are many different treatment plans that are used by doctors to help alleviate the symptoms associated with lung and respiratory infections. Treatment options include antibiotics, antiviral medications and even surgery.

It is important to seek medical attention if suffering from any chest pain or shortness of breath. These symptoms could be of an infection that needs to be treated promptly in order to prevent the infection from getting worse.