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Here is a quick mnemonic “RESPIRATORY to remember about Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms & Signs

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Nonspecific Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms & Signs : How To Remember Easily ?

  • R – Rhinorrhea and nasal fullness are common symptoms.
  • E – Epistaxis (nosebleeds) can occur frequently.
  • S – Symptoms generally begin gradually after exposure.
  • P – Patients may experience pharyngeal erythema or exudates.
  • I – Incubation periods for respiratory viruses are typically 2-8 days.
  • R – Patients may have a red and swollen nasal mucosa.
  • A – Auscultation may reveal clear lungs or wheezing.
  • T – The phase of illness can affect the appearance of the nasal mucosa.
  • O – Obstruction and sore throat are common symptoms.
  • R – Patients may exhibit rhinorrhea and lymphadenopathy.
  • Y – Symptoms usually last 5-10 days, sometimes up to 14 days.


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