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What is Lower Respiratory Tract Infection

 

“The most powerful force to maintaining a good immune system is the power of positive thinking and not allowing yourself to be unnecessarily drained emotionally by worries and fears. “ – Quote by Late Frederick Lenz, author and spiritual teacher from the United States of America.

Lower Respiratory Tract Infection refers to an infection that occurs in the lungs or the region below the voice box. It includes pneumonia, bronchitis, and tuberculosis. A lower respiratory tract infection or LRTI (as it is also known) may affect the airways, as in bronchitis, or the air sacs as it does in pneumonia.

The symptoms of having a Lower Respiratory Tract Infection include a blocked or a runny nose, dry cough, low-grade fever, mild sore throat, dull headache, and in severe cases, the symptoms manifested include a wet cough, fever, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, blue tinge to the skin (due to low oxygen), and quick low breaths.

The causes of Lower Respiratory Tract Infection include viruses, bacteria, fungal infections, and mycoplasma which are small organisms with characteristics of both viruses and bacteria. Other factors can be tobacco smoke, dust, allergens, chemicals, and pollutants in the air.

The demographics most at risk include those below 5 years and above 65 yrs, people with recent bouts of cold or flu, and those who went through surgery in the recent past.

The treatment is quite simple and includes over the counter medications, antibiotics, rest, and fluids. For others breathing support and IV fluids are advised and recommended.

Recovery time varies due to factors such as age, overall health, and existing conditions, so it can range from 1 week to a few weeks.

This is a public service message from Optho Life Sciences one of the leading Ophthalmic Companies in India. Keep yourself healthy by taking all precautions and preventive immunity boosters such as Vitamin C, our Indian kadha, and so on

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