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Can Using Antibodic In Nose Prevent Flu
Need flu shot but had to wait due to illness. Will breathing through my scarf protect me from airborn droplets @the drs? Also heard putting ointment in nostrils can help?
See answer : A scarf or face mask will provide some protection, but it is not clear how much. Unlikely to block the penetration of small virus particles but likely helpful in reducing contact or viral load from coughing and sneezing-related sprays and splashes. Most effective prevention is minimizing contact with others, frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching your face, nose, eyes with hands and fingers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can allergy shots prevent sore throats from cold dry weather? Also protect against throat infections?
No: Allergy shots are meant to retrain your immune system not to over-react when exposed to an allergen that causes allergy symptoms such as pollens, dust mites, cat dander, etc.. When allergic reaction is reduced, inflammation of the airways, upper or lower, is reduced, and that indirectly would make you less prone to symptoms of sore throat, dryness or repeated colds, or airway hyper-responsiveness ...Read more
How can you prevent better atrophy of nasal membrane during winter and spring time? I have nasal oil, Montelukast and prednisone. Congestion of nose.
Do nasal steroids such as fluticasone propionate increase susceptibility to infection? Am I more likely to catch a cold virus in the nose?
Ok: Not aware of it being a problem ...Read more
I suffer from allergic cold very often. Continuous sneezing, water from eyes and nose. How to treat & prevent?. Allergic to sulpher drugs also.
No: This hass never been shown to be of benefit in preventing any infections. ...Read more
Hi drs..... Can I use "advil drug" to reduce the mucous in my nose that result from flu ? Is it effective or not ?
Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?
Nasal congestion, fever, head ache when infected with cold are our immune reaction towards the virus & virus do not harm us..Is this true?
Good question: In almost every case a virus infecting the nose (rhinovirus) is handled adequately by the immune system (lymphocytes and other immune cells). But your question is good because in a small minority of cases, viruses may alter the surface of various organs and trick the normal immune system into recognizing the alteration as a foreign tissue and attack it. This is known as autoimmunity. ...Read more
Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?
Absolutely not: Allergy medicine is great for treating allergies and the nasal steroids such as Flonase may provide some slight symptomatic relief during a nose cold. Allergy meds (or any of several other treatments advertised as preventing a cold) really do little to prevent the cold. The best prevention is the simple old-fashioned stuff, wash hands frequently, avoid sick people and rest and take care when sick. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an aspirin allergy. Can on over abundance of eosinophils in my sinuses/ nasal cavity actually prevent me from getting colds?
Are there any health risks for using a warm air humidifier to assist in my 3 month old childs viral infection with cough and runny nose?
No: Humidified air will help if nose congested and runny. I would try and use distilled water, keep a distance away as per the gadgets instructions. Should be regularly cleaned. A tent aparatus made with towels or sheets over the head end of the crib with humidifier on the right height chair pointed under the tent will allow good humidity without being too close to baby. Watch it closely always! ...Read more
After or during a cold, without Conjunctivitis. My eyes are immune to the same serotype of the virus too or only the respiratory system?
Best cure for a virus that affects the pharynx with the heat of 39.5, slut sharp and nose mucus, heat does not respond to antipyretics (paracetamol)?
Viral URI: If truly viral there is no specific therapy effective for this. Symptomatic relief is available with otc products, but my advice would be to see a doctor and make sure you do not have a secondary bacterial sinus infection or worse. Good luck. ...Read more
Allergies: You can get rid of allergy symptoms or lessen them by decreasing your exposure to what causes your allergies. Start with a hepa filter in your bedroom. Avoid opening the window in your bedroom. Use synthetic pillows rather than down pillows. Minimize the dust in your home or bedroom, by getting rid of rugs and curtains and stuffed animals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus infection with ear dysfunction. Not on antibiotics due to prior cdiff. Can I take flu shot while on nasacort. Low immune system.age 61.
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