Chapter 59: Sore Throat, Earache, and Upper Respiratory Symptoms

  • URIs are among the leading causes of lost time from work or school.
  • Distinguishing pts with primary viral URI from those with primary bacterial URI is difficult since the signs and symptoms are the same.
  • URIs are often treated with antibiotics even though bacteria cause only 25% of cases. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for URIs is a leading cause of antibiotic resistance in common community-acquired pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae.

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