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Upper Respiratory Infection (cont.)

Medication

Medications are usually not prescribed for upper respiratory infections. Antibiotics are not effective in fighting viral infections. However, antibiotics are appropriate if the health care practitioner suspects that a bacterial infection exists, for example in cases of otitis media (ear infections), bacterial sinusitis, and strep throat.

In some cases, where there is significant inflammation of the upper airways, for example croup in infants and children, corticosteroid medications such asprednisone (Meticorten, Sterapred, Sterapred DS) or dexamethasone (Decadron, AK-Dex, Ocu-Dex) may be prescribed to decrease that inflammation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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