Upper Respiratory Infections

Jul 15, 2001 Issue
Principles of Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Part I. Acute Respiratory Tract Infections [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed guidelines for evaluating and treating adults with acute respiratory illnesses. The goal of the principles is to provide clinicians with practical strategies for limiting antibiotic use to the patients who are most likely to benefit from it.

Oct 15, 1998 Issue
Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for URIs in Children: Part II. Cough, Pharyngitis and the Common Cold [Article]

This article summarizes the principles of judicious antimicrobial therapy for three of the five conditions--cough, pharyngitis, the common cold--that account for most of the outpatient use of these drugs in the United States. The principles governing the other two conditions, otitis media and acute ...

Oct 1, 1998 Issue
Appropriate Use of Antibiotics for URIs in Children: Part I. Otitis Media and Acute Sinusitis [Article]

Five conditions--otitis media, acute sinusitis, cough, pharyngitis and the common cold--account for most of the outpatient use of antibiotics in the United States. The first part of this two-part article presents guidelines that encourage physicians to make an appropriate distinction between acute o...

Mar 15, 1998 Issue
Acute Bronchitis [Article]

Acute bronchitis is a lower respiratory tract infection that causes reversible bronchial inflammation. In up to 95 percent of cases, the cause, is viral. While antibiotics are often prescribed for patients with acute bronchitis, little evidence shows that these agents provide significant symptomatic...

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