Antibiotics for respiratory tract infection?

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Antibiotics for respiratory tract infection?

Postby curiousgeorge » Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:42 pm

My child is CNVS-dependent has a respiratory tract infection. Should he be given antibiotics?

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Re: Antibiotics for respiratory tract infection?

Postby bachjr » Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:42 pm

There is no black and white answer to this. While 90% of respiratory tract infections are viral and antibiotics are not effective against viruses, the strategy should be to prevent a secondary bacterial pneumonia from occurring by using MIE to expulse airway secretions and sputum and use of a broad-spectrum antibiotic may be helpful for this as well.

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