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    Respiratory Tract Infections

    This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on respiratory tract infections and related issues, including acute bronchitis, acute rhinosinusitis, bronchiolitis, common cold, croup, pharyngitis, rhinosinusitis, streptococcal pharyngitis, and strep throat. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised. Note that AFP content published within the past two years is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only. Note: This topic collection does not include pneumonia (see separate topic collection on Pneumonia) or influenza (see separate topic collection on Influenza).
    Jul 15, 2023 Nebulized Hypertonic Saline for Treatment of Bronchiolitis [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jul 15, 2023 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Bronchiolitis: Rapid Evidence Review   CME   PtEd
    Dec 15, 2022 Antibiotic Use in Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections   CME   FREE   PtEd
    Sep 15, 2022 Oral Antihistamine/Analgesic/Decongestant Combinations for the Common Cold [Cochrane for Clinicians]   CME
    Feb 01, 2021 Exercise vs. No Exercise for the Occurrence, Severity, and Duration of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Nov 01, 2020 Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Oct 01, 2019 Antibiotics for Acute Rhinosinusitis in Adults [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Sep 01, 2019 Treatment of the Common Cold   DDx   PtEd
    May 15, 2019 Chronic Cough After Acute Viral Bronchiolitis: Suggestions from the ACCP [Practice Guidelines]
    Jun 15, 2018 Corticosteroids for Sore Throat: BMJ Rapid Recommendation [Practice Guidelines]
    May 01, 2017 Beta2 Agonists for Acute Cough or a Clinical Diagnosis of Acute Bronchitis [Cochrane for Clinicians]   Tool
    Jan 01, 2017 Interventions to Facilitate Shared Decision Making to Address Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Primary Care [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Dec 15, 2016 ACP/CDC Provide Guidelines on the Use of Antibiotics for Acute Respiratory Tract Infection [Practice Guidelines]
    Dec 01, 2016 Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Uncomplicated Acute RTIs [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]
    Sep 15, 2016 Croup [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
    Jul 01, 2016 Honey for Acute Cough in Children [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Sep 01, 2015 Bronchodilators for Bronchiolitis [Medicine by the Numbers]
    May 15, 2015 Acute Infective Sore Throat [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
    Nov 01, 2014 Bronchodilators for Bronchiolitis [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Jul 01, 2014 Antibiotics for Sore Throat [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Jan 01, 2014 Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Sore Throat [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Dec 15, 2013 Treatments for Symptoms of the Common Cold [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Dec 15, 2011 Common Cold [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
    Mar 15, 2011 Antibiotics for Viral Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Children [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Nov 15, 2009 Saline Nasal Irrigation for Upper Respiratory Conditions   PtEd
    May 01, 2009 Antibiotics for Acute Maxillary Sinusitis [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Feb 15, 2009 Sinusitis (Acute) [Clinical Evidence Handbook]
    Apr 15, 2024 Streptococcal Pharyngitis: Rapid Evidence Review   CME
    Oct 15, 2023 Chronic Rhinosinusitis   CME   Alg   DDx
    Jan 15, 2023 Tonsillitis and Tonsilloliths: Diagnosis and Management   CME   Alg   PtEd
    Aug 15, 2021 Pertussis: Common Questions and Answers
    May 01, 2018 Croup: Diagnosis and Management   Alg   DDx   PtEd
    Oct 01, 2016 Acute Bronchitis   PtEd
    Jul 15, 2016 Current Concepts in Adult Acute Rhinosinusitis   PtEd
    Apr 15, 2015 AAP Releases Practice Guideline on Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Bronchiolitis [Practice Guidelines]
    Apr 15, 2014 AAP Releases Guideline on Diagnosis and Management of Acute Bacterial Sinusitis in Children One to 18 Years of Age [Practice Guidelines]
    Sep 01, 2013 IDSA Updates Guideline for Managing Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis [Practice Guidelines]
    Mar 15, 2013 IDSA Releases Guidelines for Management of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis [Practice Guidelines]   Alg
    Dec 01, 2007 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Rhinosinusitis in Adults [Practice Guidelines]
    Screening and Diagnosis
    Aug 15, 2023 BioFire Respiratory Panel for the Detection of Viruses and Bacteria [Diagnostic Tests]
    Jul 15, 2023 Guiding Prescription of Antibiotics in People With Acute Respiratory Infections: Biomarkers as Point-of-Care Tests [Cochrane for Clinicians]   CME
    Sep 15, 2022 Procalcitonin for Diagnosis, Risk Assessment, and Prognosis of Respiratory Tract Infections [Diagnostic Tests]
    Jun 15, 2020 Clinical Diagnosis of Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis [Point-of-Care Guides]
    Jul 01, 2018 Procalcitonin to Guide Antibiotic Therapy in Acute Respiratory Infections [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Jul 01, 2016 Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotic Therapy for Acute Respiratory Infections [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Oct 01, 2015 Point-of-Care C-Reactive Protein Testing to Help Guide Treatment of Acute Respiratory Infections [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Jun 15, 2014 Diagnosis of Streptococcal Pharyngitis [Point-of-Care Guides]   POC
    Aug 01, 2012 Risk Stratification of Children with Bronchiolitis [Point-of-Care Guides]
    Jul 15, 2011 Usefulness of Procalcitonin Measurement in Reducing Antibiotic Use and Identifying Serious Bacterial Illness [AFP Journal Club]
    Patient Education, Self-Care
    Jul 15, 2023 Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection [Information from Your Family Doctor]   FREE
    Jan 15, 2023 Tonsillitis (Strep Throat) [Information from Your Family Doctor]   FREE
    Jan 15, 2023 Tonsil Stones [Information from Your Family Doctor]   FREE
    Dec 15, 2022 When Antibiotics Can Help With Upper Respiratory Infections [Information from Your Family Doctor]   FREE
    Sep 01, 2019 Treating the Common Cold in Adults [Information from Your Family Doctor]
    Sep 01, 2019 Treating the Common Cold in Children [Information from Your Family Doctor]
    May 01, 2018 Croup: What You Should Know [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Oct 15, 2017 Chronic Rhinosinusitis: What You Need to Know [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Oct 01, 2016 Acute Bronchitis [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Oct 01, 2016 Acute Bronchitis   PtEd
    Jul 15, 2016 Acute Sinusitis [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Jul 01, 2016 Strep Throat [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Dec 01, 2010 Treatment of Bronchitis [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Editorials and Letters
    Apr 15, 2024 Management of Sore Throat: Time to Update [Editorials]   FREE
    Aug 01, 2016 Curbing Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing: What Works? [Editorials]
    Aug 01, 2016 How to Prescribe Fewer Unnecessary Antibiotics: Talking Points That Work with Patients and Their Families [Editorials]
    Nov 01, 2012 Appropriate Antibiotic Use: Family Physicians Have the Power of the Pen [Editorials]

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