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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Upper respiratory tract infection – The Diagnosis

Upper respiratory tract infection
Upper respiratory tract infections are considered to be the infection of the airway above the glottis or vocal cords. This includes the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx, including the infection of tonsillitis, pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, otitis media, etc,.
If you are experience some of the above symptoms and if your doctor suspects that you have upper respiratory infection such as common cold, after recording your family history and completing the physical exam, including the examination for any signs of swollen and redness inside wall of the nasal cavity (sign of inflammation), redness of the throat, enlargement of the tonsils, etc.
The test which your doctor orders include.
1. Swap, including nasal swab, throat swab, or sputum
In most case, upper respiratory tract, is caused infectious bacteria. Swabs must be sent in preservation media, otherwise the detection rate of viable organisms will fall considerably. Transport should therefore be as rapid as possible(30).
2.  Rapid Strep Test (RST), or rapid antigen detection test (RADT)
The test is to determine whether or not a patient has streptococcal pharyngitis, if patients are experience strep throat symptoms
3. Other tests may be necessary depending to the symptoms and the length of the diseases
X-rays of the neck if suspected case of epiglottitis and CT scans may be necessary if you are experience sinusitis symptoms which  is last more than 4 weeks.
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(30) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6392219