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A 38-year-old member asked:

can a staff infection that i have had for a long time untreated cause me to get sick?

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Dr. Robin Dretler
Infectious Disease 43 years experience
This is complicated: You may be colonized with staph in your nose, vagina, or bowel for years with no consequences. If staph aureus get through your natural defenses then you can become very ill very quickly. Mild, smoldering symptoms are unlikely to be from staph aureus.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How can you get rid of a sinus infection fast?

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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Take antibiotics: "true sinus infections". , not a viral cold, are caused by bacterial infection of the air containing sinuses around the nose and benefit from antibiotics. If it is a viral infection it is usually self limiting in 5-7 days, and does not require antibiotics.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Are their natural ways / home remedies to get over a sinus infection?

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Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Sinus Infections: You can try drinking lots of fluids, steam, salt water nasal sprays, various herbs and neti pots. The success of these treatments is quite variable and dependent on how severe the infection is, how long you have had it, the severity of your allergies, septal deviations, nasal polyps, etc. Etc. See your ENT doc if the sinus issues persist... They can become serious or chronic if you delay too long.
Lake Forest, CA
A 27-year-old female asked:

Are there any certain skin infections that may cause flu like symptoms or severe illness?

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Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, in fact if these are experienced you proceed to a doctors office or emergency clinic today.
Concord, CA
A 44-year-old male asked:

If I had a body scan today, when can I restart taking my hormone medicine?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Depends on hormones : I think that would depend on the type of hormone you are talking about and the scan you had. If you didnt get instructions then check with your doctor first. Did you have a thyroid scan? Was it a bone scan or a density scan?
Centreville, VA
A 46-year-old female asked:

I ve had hbp ranging from 170 /110 and pulse at about 100 120 most of the time for about a week despite taking BP drugs. Ekg was negative. Thoughts?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Check with the doc: Many blood pressure medications take longer than a week to have their full effect. Check with your doctor as you may need a higher dose or another medication. Hbp is damaging over the long term most of the time and not over a few days so check with your doctor.

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