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Son 6 yrs is on antibiotic for scarlet fever. After 2nd dose fever went down. Sudenly at night came back again with flu and runy nose. Can it be viral?

Throat Culture?: Was a throat culture done prior to starting antibiotics? Yes, it could still be viral and the course of illness with fever, runny nose and flu part of the symptomatology?
Is the 6 year old looking better or worse?
Consider re-evaluation with provider.. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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When would an antibiotic be necessary in a child, my son is 3yrs old and never had one. He gets the common runny nose and wet cough which I treat with Allecet and Flu pain if he has a mild fever.?

When would an antibiotic be necessary in a child, my son is 3yrs old and never had one. He gets the common runny nose and wet cough which I treat with Allecet and Flu pain if he has a mild fever.?

A treatable illness: Fever is a natural body response to illness that increases heart rate to push the bodies white cells and antibodies around faster to fight illness. By itself it can be ignored and doesn't require antibiotics. If a kid has an identified bacterial illness that would benefit from an antibiotic it would be justified. ...Read more

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2 yr old son, 103.9f fever 1 day, runny nose, occasional cough, red throat. Flu test negative. Dr said viral but gave antibiotic. What's his sickness?

2 yr old son, 103.9f fever 1 day, runny nose, occasional cough, red throat. Flu test negative. Dr said viral but gave antibiotic. What's his sickness?

Not sure.........: With a history of one day of fever runny nose and cough, this sounds very viral. I am not sure why your son was given an antibiotic--a throat swab was not done to consider strep throat, the only throat infection for which an antibiotic would be given, ...Read more

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Does continuing to take allergy medicine (allergy pill and nasal spray) prevent the flu or common cold?

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 more

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M57, do you approve usage of nasal decongestant xylometazoline;antiallergic cetirizine;antibiotics as holistic approach to combat resistant flu/cold?

M57, do you approve usage of nasal decongestant xylometazoline;antiallergic cetirizine;antibiotics as holistic approach to combat resistant flu/cold?

Let's be clear: Antibiotics won't help a cold which is caused by viruses. They'll just give you diarrhea. Afrin spray can dry you up but never use for >72 hours or you'll get rebound nasal congestion with nasal blockade and misery! Cetirizine is excellent for allergy but has minimal benefit for a cold. None of the above would be considered "holistic". ...Read more

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Started w/ cold symptoms w/ very dry cough. In last 2 days, deteriorated to deep/painful cough + nasal/ear congestion. Antibiotics? Bronchitis? Flu?

Viral URI: This sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection, which is common at this time of year. Decongestants (eg, pseudoephedrine) and Ibuprofen are common home remedies. Antibiotics not usually helpful (and may be harmful). A tincture of time is usually therapeutic. See your doctor if cough becomes productive or bloody, if fever returns above 101, if ear congestion turns to pain. ...Read more

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Hi, since 29th September, I’ve had a sore throat... I was sick with flu but the sore throat has been there, I went to my gp who gave me antibiotics which didn’t work, I went back last week I was told it was a post nasal but throat still red!?

Hi, since 29th September, I’ve had a sore throat... I was sick with flu but the sore throat has been there, I went to my gp who gave me antibiotics which didn’t work, I went back last week I was told it was a post nasal but throat still red!?

Doctor can recheck: Throat symptoms can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed); a cold, influenza, or "mono" (antibiotics usually not used); or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants, or even stomach reflux during the night. Usually, a person sees the doctor again if the throat symptoms are bothersome, recurrent, or don't go away quickly. If any oral sex activities, do tell doctor. ...Read more

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Four year old has had a runny nose and cough all week, now has fever. Was already on an antibiotic with a cough for two weeks prior.

Four year old has had a runny nose and cough all week, now has fever. Was already on an antibiotic with a cough for two weeks prior.

How high?: If the fever is under 102, it is likely a viral infection. Another explanation would be that the antibiotic used for the prior infection is not the right one. ...Read more

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Friend has fever for 3 days. 101. Runny nose stared clear now yellow. Tired is antibiotic needed now?

Friend has fever for 3 days. 101. Runny nose stared clear now yellow. Tired is antibiotic needed now?

No: This still sounds like your average viral respiratory tract infection. The fact that nasal drainage has become colored does not mean it is bacterial and warrants antibiotics. It means the body is doing what it is supposed to by sending white blood cells to the area to fight the infection, which causes the change in color of the mucous. She is tired because her body wants her to rest. ...Read more

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My 2.5yr old was on antibiotic and cough meds 6wks ago for fever, etc. Now she is better but still coughing 24/7 very lightly. Clear runny nose.

My 2.5yr old was on antibiotic and cough meds 6wks ago for fever, etc. Now she is better but still coughing 24/7 very lightly. Clear runny nose.

Allergic rhinitis: Allergic rhinitis and post nasal drip can cause frequent persistent coughing, and may improve with use of an over the counter non-sedating antihistamine such as Claritin or Zyrtec. Allergic rhinitis is often accompanied by hyper-reactive airways/asthma, which may require a prescription medication. Your pediatrician can help you sort this out. Best wishes... ...Read more

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My 6 year has ran a fever cough and running nose and his tonsil are very red and swollen I had him seen by his dr and he is on antibodies what is this?

My 6 year has ran a fever cough and running nose and his tonsil are very red and swollen I had him seen by his dr and he is on antibodies what is this?

Tonsillitis: Tonsillitis, and at least some element off rhinitis. Make sure he takes all of the antibiotics, and if not better, bring him back to be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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How come it difficult to prevent humans catching the flu using vaccinations?

How come it difficult to prevent humans catching the flu using vaccinations?

Well, there are: Are different types of influenza ; the viruses can mutate. The vaccination you receive may or may not be a match to the influenza virus that you are exposed to. ...Read more

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If ones I use antibiotics to fight flu then my dr. Advised me not to use it anymore. Should I stop it immediately or should I keep using it?

Can stop: Doctor advised not to use antibiotics because flu is caused by virus and not bacteria. Antibiotics do not affect course of flu and can cause future problems if resistance to antibiotics occurs from overuse. You can stop using antibiotics without deleterious effext. ...Read more

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What is the best cold and flu prevention?

What is the best cold and flu prevention?

Prevention: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching mouth, nose or eyes with unclean hands. Cough into crock of elbow. Stay away from people who are ill. Get your influenza vaccine. ...Read more

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What are some cold and flu prevention tips?

What are some cold and flu prevention tips?

Easy: Take a flu shot. Cover nose and mouth for coughs and sneezes/ dispose of used tissues. Wash hands. Clean phone mouth pieces and do not share foods, utensils or dishes. ...Read more

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Flu prevention- worried about new swine fly?

Flu prevention- worried about new swine fly?

Same prevention as: For regular flu. Wash hands often, do not touch face, nose eyes, if in contact with objects touched by someone with symptoms, get vaccination. Swine flu is not endemic at this time so do not worry about it. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to prevent the avian flu?

What are the best ways to prevent the avian flu?

Great question: Avian flu has been a concern for a long time but how to prevent it is a monumental issue as birds travel all over the world in migration patterns. Luckily, there have been very few cases of human avian flu and most of these are from asia where people live with their livestock (including chickens, ducks, etc.). Best way - good hygiene and when the avian flu vaccine comes out - get it if you can. ...Read more

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Could a healthy vegan diet prevent flu and such?

Could a healthy vegan diet prevent flu and such?

Moral choice: Despite all the huckstering, the benefits of a vegan diet are moral rather than health-related. In the last few big studies, vegetarians and omnivores have not differed either in longevity, in any other measure of health, or specific disease categories when we control for other lifestyle considerations. ...Read more

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What are the ways to prevent getting the bird flu?

What are the ways to prevent getting the bird flu?

Vaccination: You are extremely unlikely to get bird flu, however vaccination is available for prevention. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/bird-flu/ds00566. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my toddler from getting the swine flu?

See below: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What I would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more

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Has anybody used homeophatic remedies to prevent the flu?

Has anybody used homeophatic remedies to prevent the flu?

Flu: Yes but it is difficult to know if it worked since some individuals who don't take the remedy will not get the flu and some who take it will not get the flu. ...Read more

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Which is being done to try and eliminate/prevent the bird flu?

Which is being done to try and eliminate/prevent the bird flu?

Vaccine: It is not feasible to eliminate bird flu as the virus affect birds and at times jumps to other species, including humans. There is more than one virus type. If there is an epidemic, the best way to prevent infection would be by following universal precautions and taking the vaccine, if available. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/birdflu. Html. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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