10 effective measures against upper respiratory tract infections
With the cooling of the weather in autumn, the increase in the time spent indoors and the opening of schools, especially colds, flu, pharyngitis and tonsil infections started to be seen frequently.
Acıbadem Fulya Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Diseases Specialist Dr. Inspire Longing
“We have been encountering upper respiratory tract infections frequently in recent days. Colds, flu and throat infections are increasing gradually due to cold weather, traveling without a mask in public transport and school buses, increasing time spent in closed environments, and cooling of sweat after running and sweating during recess. Classrooms that are not properly ventilated and not sufficiently ventilated also cause microbes to be easily transmitted.” ENT Specialist Dr. Esin Hasret Atmış talked about the most common diseases in children with autumn and 10 effective measures to be taken, and made valuable warnings and offers.
Beware of throat infections!
Throat infections, which are common in children recently, are caused by 90 percent viruses and 10 percent by a bacteria from the class A beta hemolytic streptococci, also known as beta microbes in public. Acıbadem Fulya Hospital Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Diseases Specialist Dr. Esin Hasret Atmış states that throat infections, which can cause high fever, sore throat and fatigue, can be diagnosed with an easy swab test and says: Throat infection, which can be quickly treated with antibiotic treatment, can lead to chronic problems such as heart rheumatism, kidney inflammation, and joint inflammation if it is overlooked and treated correctly.
Middle ear infection can progress insidiously!
Stating that middle ear infection, which is common in children especially in autumn and winter, can start with findings related to the ear directly, as well as that it can occur as a result of the transfer of bacteria and viruses to the middle ear via the Eustachian canal after throat infection or upper respiratory tract infections. Esin Hasret Atmış says, “Ear infections can cause severe pain, and the disease can progress insidiously and be followed by fluid accumulation in the middle ear, which can cause hearing loss.” Saying that otitis media is more common in children with large adenoids, Dr. Esin Hasret Atmış states that a middle ear infection that occurs once or twice a year can be considered normal, but if it is seen more often, it should be investigated in terms of adenoid.
Cold, flu and allergies can be mixed together!
Stating that allergic complaints occur in autumn with symptoms such as transparent runny nose, nasal congestion, watering and redness in the eyes, frequent sneezing, weakness and fatigue may accompany. Esin Hasret Atmış draws attention to the fact that food allergies, respiratory allergies or asthma patients may experience triggers, especially with the start of the school period. Stating that allergies can be confused with common diseases in this season in school-age children, such as the common cold and flu, Dr. Esin Hasret Atmış talks: “From cold; It is a cold that develops due to viral infections with symptoms such as clear nasal discharge, mild fever and cough due to easy cold. It is the most common school age infection and usually resolves with easy measures. Influenza, on the other hand, is a more severe upper respiratory tract infection that causes high fever, widespread muscle aches, nasal congestion, and obvious weakness caused by the Influenza virus. Influenza often requires treatment supplementation. When allergic complaints are sometimes not treated as colds and flu, and if precautions are not taken, these patients can be counted in the risky cluster, as the immune system will weaken and the tendency to diseases will increase in allergy patients.