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How do you treat an upper respiratory infection?

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October 27, 2014 6:42PM

When patient comes to you with runny nose and scratchy throat, the infection is mostly viral infection. You should not use the antibiotics unless secondary bacterial infection sets in. In case of acute pharyngitis, you should go for throat swab. If positive for streptococci, then tablet penicillin V should be given for ten days. Some times you do not have facility for culture in remote villages, specially in developing countries. Then you can give tablet penicillin V for ten days, in all the patients with acute pharyngitis.