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Cephalexin Good For Cold Flu Sinis Infection
Dr prescribed antibiotics (keflex) for possible secondary infection from flu. Been on them for 2 days and now feel worse?! Is that normal?
Well that depends:
The awfulness of influenza usually peeks around day 2-3 of symptoms and persists for a good 5-7 days. So if your flu is just reaching it's normal peak, then yes, I'd say your worsening is expected. If you're past that peak though, worsening would not be expected.
If the concern is a secondary pneumonia or bacterial sinusitis following flu, keflex is not a standard treatment for either. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Being treated for infection in unhealed wounds caused by neuropathy. Prescription keflex 500mg tid. Prior fever, now cold, clammy, pouring sweat. Normal or ER?
Infection: The above symptoms certainly deserve evaluation by a doctor. Given the inability to exam a patient over the internet, a trip to the doctor's office or ER is warranted. ...Read more
Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?
No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more
I was prescribed Cephalexin after passing a kidney stone due to kidney infection, and for the last 2 days, I've had a pretty significant neck pain/stiffness (no fever). Can it be caused by the antibiotic? I also have a rash on my upper chest that looks li
Been taking keflex 500mg 4 times daily for sinus infection. Have no symptoms other than low grade fever. How or when will I know if its going to work?
See below: Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses in the frontal and maxillary areas. Low grade fever alone would not indicate sinusitis. Sinusitis is usually self limited and does not require antibiotics unless severe or prolonged. Keflex is not the best drug for sinusitis. Ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin or Augmentin would be better choices. ...Read more
I have white discharge coming from my ureter accompanied by a back ache, no fever. I am sure it is not a yeast infection, I have been on keflex 500mg 3 x a day for an eye procedure and difulcan for a yeast infection.
You: You should be seen again by your doctor if you are having yeast even while on diflucan (fluconazole). Usually Diflucan (fluconazole) should take care of a yeast infection within 1-2 days. You may need to have cultures taken or to be on another medication. If you do develop pain, fever, or vomiting then you would have to be seen immediately. ...Read more
I was put on cephalexin for an outer ear infection1 day ago. I have nausea and fatigue. Am I just having side affects or the flu?
Last year I had anaphylaxis from keflex, 6 days after my flu shot. Does being allergic to keflex mean the flu shot isn't safe for me?
I read that the flu shot is made from antibiotics. Safe for people allergic to keflex and penicillin?
How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?
You are most contagious for a few days before you peak symptoms start
for the flu you are also contagious for several days after you become smptomaic. ...Read more
Is it normal to get 8 Infections in a year for young adult in college? Is it a concern? . Infections such as cold, flu, gastrointeritis
Yes: In fact this is very normal, especially if you live in a dormitory where there are common bathroom facilities. The best thing you can do to prevent infection is get vaccinated for influenza and meningococcal meningitis (if you haven't already), wash hands before you eat and before/after using the bathroom. Avoid handshakes with sick classmates. Don't share utensils, supplies and use hand sanitizer ...Read more
I get persistent non productive cough when I get flue like infection which last continuously upto 3 months. Come back again when I get next flu or cold?
What does the immune system do? If it fights infection, why does everyone still get the flu and the cold?
What is the level of: General immunity for the person? Has the person developed antibodies to the specific viruses that they are being exposed to? Are person who is immunodeficient is more likely to become infected. Or if the person is exposed to a germ that is novel to them - they are more likely to be susceptible. ...Read more
I've just found out my brother has a cold or flu infection, and he has been around my 2 month old baby; what do I do?
2 month old baby: You do not need to do anything if the baby is already exposed, watch for any cough and fever and if the baby develops fever and cough, take him/her to your pediatrician for check up and treatment. ...Read more
I've been sick with a flu time cold for 21 days today. I started a new med- depakote- I'm so tired, could this be the infection still or a side effec?
See below: Either a cold or flu should be better within 7-14 d. There is a possibility that you could have a sinus or lung infection-not uncommon complications. Depakote can make you tired as well & it's levels should be monitored. Please see your doc to see what's going on & to get you feeling better. ...Read more
Doesn't matter: Your immune system responds to a vaccine as a total body response, and does so regardless of any localized problem like a cold or sinus infection. The immune system can react to and process challenges by dozens of agents at the same time & does so routinely. ...Read more
Part of the process: It has to do with the body's immune response to a foreign body, in this case, it is to the virus which attacks various cells. As the body tries to fight that off, various other reactions may occur like fever and chills. Btw-the actual flu is not all that common and usually when one thinks they have it, aka infuenza, it is really something else or a different but more common viral infection. ...Read more
Only in viral infect: Acute viral infections have other symptoms normally in addition to cough or bronchitis. Acute viral infections are normally a systemic disease. Flu, viral infection and systemic disease, will cause generalized aches, pains, fever which may be high. With high fevers the body temp rises and falls which causes the chills. Even this does not require antibiotics unless it persists. ...Read more
Do unvaccinated children's immune systems strengthen viral infections that are passed to vaccinated children? (Colds or flu)
No: No evidence to support your suspicion.Get a more detailed answer ›
What causes the musty smell in wet clothes? Is it mold or mildew? Can musty smell in wet clothes make you sick? It causes pneumonia, cold, flu, infection?
Molds: Mildew is a kind of mold, and yes molds can affect clothes if not well dried or stored in a damp place. Mols sensitivity is common, and many people allergy allergies to molds that can cause upper and lower airway disease, as rhinosinusitis (inflammation of nasal passages and sinuses) or asthma, better see an allergist/immunologist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, ...Read more
Is it possible to get back to back colds/viral infections. I had the flu then a week later once the flu left same symptoms but more phlegm?
Continuous colds: Yes- it's certainly possible to get infected with a cold virus, then have another infection come along right after. This is particularly true if you're not taking care of yourself (not enough sleep, smoking, poor diet for example). Besides, 'germs' do this for a living - and I wonder what you're exposures were? The body is resilient but if you're still having major problems - call your doctor. ...Read more
To prevent frequent colds flu etc. Is it best to take vitamin C and zinc every day of the year or only when you have an infection?
Every day: But------vitamins all work together as a massive team of essential non caloric nutrients. They govern cellular biochemistry and present a totally different approach to medical treatment and prevention. You can't take a vitamin like you may take an Aspirin for a headache. You need a little research of your own. ...Read more
Keep experiencing sensation of water up my nose @ diff. Times of the day and headaches. No recent cold, flu, sinus infection or any illness. Why?
The past few mornings I have spitting up hard chunks of red mucus. I have recently recovered from a chest infection and currently have the cold/flu.?
Klebsiella pneumonia: Your recent pneumonia was probably caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae, which causes destructive changes to lungs via inflammation and hemorrhage with cell death (necrosis) that sometimes produces a thick, bloody, mucoid sputum (currant jelly sputum). The bacteria is a Gram-negative, encapsulated, facultative anaerobic, bacterium. Evaluation by your physician is needed for persistent symptoms. ...Read more
Persistent dull ache & tightness in chest area? Difficult to explain...slight burning sensation? Do not have cold/flu or chest infection, non-smoker 24yo
I understand your concern.
I commend you for not smoking.
Thank you for informing use of Nurofen (Ibuprofen) and Oxycodone.
Lack of response for your symptoms by these medications, lack of chest infection and smoking history indicates Anxiety due to stress. Burning sensation may be due to Nurofen.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, Relaxation, Meditation,
Do Yoga, Tai Chi, Exercise, nature walks ...Read more
M57, why antiallergics stop sputum/phlegm when taken in cold/flu/viral infection, I used to think it is only useful in allergy. Thanks.
I took a daytime cold and flu relief and I'm 36 weeks pregnant. I've had a horrible sinus infection for the past week and I've had enough.?
Disgnosis: First of all you have diagnosed yourself! You take a lot of over the counter medication and you are pregnant. Be cautious here. Now if your symptoms have gone on for a while see your doctor for proper treatment. There are a few antibiotics that are safe in pregnancy but see your doctor. Don't treat yourself ...Read more
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