Respiratory Symptoms

There are various respiratory symptoms of which the most common is probably “cough” and the worst is probably “breathing difficulty” (shortness of breath). Severe breathing difficulty involves respiratory distress, accessory muscle use, respiratory depression, and respiratory failure. Causes of respiratory symptoms include acute disorders and chronic respiratory disorders. Read more ...

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Respiratory infection is a leading cause of seeking medical care in returning travelers. Respiratory infections occur in up to 20% of all travelers, which is almost as common as travelers’ diarrhea. Upper respiratory infection is more common than lower respiratory infection. In general, the types of respiratory infections that affect ...1

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Causes

There are many different causes of respiratory symptoms, depending on the types of symptoms. It is difficult to give general points about the diverse range of possible symptoms, such as:

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Causes of Respiratory Symptoms

In general, the types of respiratory infections that affect travelers are similar to those in nontravelers, and exotic causes are rare. Clinicians must inquire about history of travel when evaluating a patient for respiratory infections. ...Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016 ...2

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Diagnosis of Respiratory Symptoms

Certain tests and procedures are used to detect (find) and diagnose health problems in the lung. These and other tests and procedures may be used to detect or diagnose lung late effects:

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Causes List for Respiratory Symptoms

Possible causes of Respiratory Symptoms (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Types

Common types of respiratory symptoms include:

Types of Cough: There are many types of cough symptoms:

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Clinical Features of Respiratory Symptoms

CLINICAL PRESENTATION: Most respiratory tract infections, especially those of the upper respiratory tract, are mild and not incapacitating. Upper respiratory tract infections often cause rhinorrhea or pharyngitis. Lower respiratory tract infections, particularly pneumonia, can be more severe. Lower respiratory tract infections ...4

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Treatments for Respiratory Symptoms

TREATMENT: Affected travelers are usually managed similarly to nontravelers, although travelers with progressive or severe illness should be evaluated for illnesses specific to their travel destinations and exposure history. Most respiratory infections are due to viruses, are mild, and do ...5

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Prevention of Respiratory Symptoms

Health habits that promote healthy lungs are important for survivors of childhood cancer. Childhood cancer survivors with lung late effects should take care to protect their health, including:

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References

  1. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: cdc.gov/ travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ respiratory-infections
  2. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: cdc.gov/ travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ respiratory-infections
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: cdc.gov/ travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ respiratory-infections
  5. ibid.
  6. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ childhood-cancers/ late-effects-pdq

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