This post is about upper respiratory illness symptoms. In addition, it offer a discussion of the applications of antibiotic treatment. The post will provide a detailed explanation in the context of a 2-year-old examination case.
Upper respiratory illness symptoms- Applications of Antibiotic Treatment
Child examination: You are seeing a 2 year old child with respiratory illness issues today in clinic. There are no signs of infection but the childs mother is demanding an antibiotic for treatment.
How would you approach this situation?
What education can you give this parent?
Your response should include evidence of review of the course material, websites, and literature through proper citations using APA format.
More about Upper respiratory illness symptoms
Please note the following:
- Upper respiratory infections (URIs) are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits.
- These infections are the most common illness resulting in missed work or school.
- Upper respiratory tract infections can happen at any time, but are most common in the fall and winter.
- The vast majority of upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses and are self-limited.
- Symptoms of upper respiratory infection include cough, sneezing, nasal discharge, and nasal congestion. Other symptoms may include runny nose, fever, and scratchy or sore throat, and nasal breathing.
- Antibiotics rarely treat upper respiratory infections and generally one should them, unless the doctor suspects a bacterial infection.
- Simple techniques, such as, proper hand washing and covering face while coughing or sneezing, may reduce the spread of respiratory tract infections.