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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

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ALVAREZ CASTELLO, Mirta et al. Recurrent upper respiratory infections: Some considerations. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2008, vol.24, n.1. ISSN 0864-2125.

Acute respiratory infections are the first cause of visits to the physician's offices and of morbidity in the developing and developed countries. Children under 5 have some physiological and immunological characteristics that make them more susceptible to present these respiratory processes. In spite of the fact that the lower respiratory infection usually attracts the attention due to their greater complexity, cost of treatment and complications, the upper are more frequent at the outpatient department. Due to their common presentation at the allergology department and to the load of anxiety generated in the relatives of these children with recurrent respiratory infections, it was decided to make a review of some aspects of interest related to them. It was our objective to improve the knowledge of these entities to identify those children with higher risk for presenting recurrence of these respiratory infections. These entities, which are most of viral aetiology and limited course are an important cause of the use and abuse of drugs, such as antibiotics, with harmful effects for the children's health.

Keywords : Respiratory infections; upper respiratory infections.

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