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A male asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Probably not: Unless the baby has had enough prior exposure to have already become allergic to dogs i doubt that the visit caused him to become allergic. I think it is much more likely that the child is infected with a viral cold caught from your guests and it has triggered his asthma symptoms. I would check with whomever is his treating physician and make sure he is getting the correct medication.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Good history: Cough which has been present for two months needs a thorough evaluation starting with a good history taken by someone with experience in treating cough. Unless the answer is obvious a chest xray is probably warranted. The cough could be infectious, a form of asthma or related to reflux. I'm not sure that the significance of the chest pain is without further information.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Viral infection: The symptoms you describe are most likely caused by a viral infection. The "flu" is also a viral illness but the symptoms are usually more severe, including fever, cough, headache, muscle aches and chills. I doubt that you are having an allergy reaction. I would treat your symptoms symptomatically with Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, fluids and rest. You should feel better in a few days.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Sinusitis: I am assuming you had a positive throat culture and were put on an antibiotic for a strep throat. I think that you have developed a sinus infection now with a bacteria which is resistant to the antibiotic you are taking. I think you should contact you physician and discuss the option of changing to a different antibiotic.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Yes: Broken ribs are certainly very painful especially in the first few weeks. Coughing or anything else which causes them to move will elicit pain. He will be alright.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Dextromethorfan: It would be safe to try a cough medicine which contains dextromethorfan sometimes written as dm on the bottle. It is not a great cough suppresant but would be safe to try.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Decongestant: It sounds like you are suffering from a cold which is slowly getting better but now your eustacian tubes are blocked. You might get some releif from using an oral decongestant. If not getting better it may be time to see your doctor.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Allergy: With this history i would wonder if they may both be suffering from an allergy such as to milk. It might be time to have them checked out by an allergist.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
URI: The symptoms you describe are typical for a viral upper respiratory infection. You will feel miserable for the next 3 to 5 days and then will start to clear up. Treatment is really symptomatic and i recommend using afrin nasal spray for severe congestion, Ibuprofen if you feel achy and ipratropium nasal spray if you are really drippy. If not getting better after 7 to 10 days see your doctor.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Sinus infection: I'm suspicious that you may have developed a bacterial sinus infection following your cold. The mucus which drains from the sinuses will cause you to cough and it may be worse when you lie down. Eating can also increase drainage from the sinuses. You should see your physician.
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