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Are Some People More Prone To Getting Cough And Fever
Yes: You are talking most about the common cold. This requires exposure and susceptibility. If people around you have a cold, you could be exposed. But your system must be susceptible (i.e. Your bodily defenses are down). Also if you move to a new city, you will get more colds for 1-2 years as you wade through the endemic cold viruses in that area. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Breathing problems: If you are experiencing cough associated with significant fever, you may very well have pneumonia, and that will require an antibiotic. Other potential causes include a blot clot in the lung, tumor, and other inflammatory conditions of the lung. So, yes, it could be something bad. Best to have it checked out. ...Read more
Probably stay home: You are likely to be infecting your coworkers. If you have to work and want to minimize symptoms, there are many otc products. For cough, choose one which contains dextromethorphan (usually designated by dm on the bottle. Aspirin or Acetaminophen will help your fever and achiness, and you may also benefit from a decongestant. Look at the bottles or ask pharmacist. ...Read more
If ur Dr. Says so: Cough and fever aren't, by themselves, indications for antibiotics. If you have a diagnosis of pneumonia, bacterial bronchitis, sinusitis with post nasal drip causing cough then perhaps. Routinely taking antibiotics for upper respiratory symptoms is one of the reasons why antibiotics are no longer working (bacterial resistance, see http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/antibiotic_resistance). ...Read more
Croup?: She should be evaluated by a doctor. Barking cough is often associated with swelling in the voice box or breathing tube (larynx and trachea.) the cause can be viral and bacterial. This should be evaluated asap. ...Read more
Fluids/monitor: Your 7mo is due for 5-7 uri's/yr to age 5 & most can be monitored at home. Playful times/fluid intake enough to wet diapers every 6hr/breathing not too noticable all suggest home care ok. Lack of play/noticable incresaed work to breathe/poor fluid intake all suggest a dr visit in order. Nasal saline helps keep the nose clear & tylenol (acetaminophen) as a comfort med may help. ...Read more
See someone medical: Monah, no one could help you with so little information. You really do need to see someone who can get the whole story and examine you to decide if you are really sick with something serious or are just a little under the weather. Good luck and we all hope you feel better quickly. ...Read more
My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.
Hi, my friend is sick witha cough and fever for the last 10 days it won't go down and her coughing makes her puke help!
My 2year old daughter is now 2day sick, she has cold, cough and fever about 40-39°c at night but whole day its 38.3. Is this serious matter?
Exercising when Ill: Please stop. Yes. Of course a 'tepid' bath is safe. But, exercising when you are feverish? Shall we have a heart to heart about being unwise? Stubborn? When one is ill rest is indicated. The dictionary definition of rest is "to not work". In my practice I always extend that definition to: "to not work out". ...Read more
Typhoid Fever: See your pcp and let him/her decide. ...Read more
I have bronchitis cold and mild fever but the cough and fever aren't present all day. It comes and goes. Thr r times when I feel perfectly fine allrgy?
Family doctor...: Begin by seeing your family doctor since he/she may be able to diagnose and treat you without a specialist. Your family doctor can also refer you to a specialist if needed. Cough and fever may be due to something as simple as a cold so see your family doctor first! ...Read more
Suffering from cough and fever fatigue since two weeks, Mantoux test was negative sputum AFBwas negative?
What is the chance I have influenza based on the rapid test in the ER that says influenza? I have a cough and fever and a bad migraine.
Very high.: If the rapid test in the er says you had flu (and flu's been going around in your area), then there's a good chance you have flu. Cough, fever and bad headache certainly go along with this. For most healthy people, flu goes away on it's own (5-10 days). If you were given any medication like tamiflu (oseltamivir) by the ed doc, you should take it. If fevers last longer than 4 days, you should get rechecked. ...Read more
What is the best way to treat my 2.5 yr old sons cough and fever? It's a very dry racking cough, almost looks like he'd vomit, and 101.5 fever.
Fluids, humidiity: There are not any good/effective cough medicines that are helpful in this age group. Increasing fluid intake will help, as will using a humidifier. Sometimes a spoonful of honey will help settle the cough. If the cough persists, I encourage you to see your pediatrician to make sure there is no indication of pneumonia (esp. Since he's had fever) or any bronchospasm/wheezing needing different meds. ...Read more
I've been sick for a few weeks. Nausea, tightness and pain in my chest, dehydration, cough, and fever?
Exam needed: That is a long time for these symptoms to persist and it's past time for your physician to evaluate you. A respiratory tract infection like viral or bacterial pneumonia is suspected. Your physician will order the appropriate tests and treatment. ...Read more
3yr old has cough and fever for 4 days, doctor gave cefalexin and ambroxsol. No fever now but has cough still, what should I do?
Cough: Cough can help clear the tubes from the lung be cleared of debris from infection and may be beneficial while the infection is healing. You can get otc preps from your friendly pharmacist to help reduce the frequency and severity but sounds like they are on the path to recovery. Best. ...Read more
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