Acute viral nasopharyngitis physical examination
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Usually, patients with acute viral nasopharyngitis appear ill. Physical examination of patients with acute viral nasopharyngitis is usually remarkable for runny nose, hyperemic nasal mucosa, and mild cervical lymphadenopathy.
Appearance of the patient
Patient usually appears ill.
- Blood pressure usually remains within normal limits.
- Tachypnea may be present.
- Nasal mucosa is usually red and hyperemic.
- Discharge may be in various colors, from yellow to green. However, the color of discharge is not indicative of the etiologic organism.
- The pharynx usually is normal on inspection. However, local inflammation is a consequence of disease progression.
- Lungs are typically clear to auscultation.
- Crackles and rhonchi may be heard if disease complicated by lower respiratory tract infection and pneumonia.