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Chest Infection Vs Virus
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
Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-
Sinusitis: The paranasal sinuses are considered part of the upper respiratory tract and any infections of this area can potentially involve the sinuses. ...Read more
Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inflame due to the viral illness. About 15 to 20% of the time a viral illness becomes bacterial. 7 to 10 days after illness if symptoms persist or worsen with cough, headache, congestion, bacterial is now a likelyhood. ...Read more
How to find the Bug (bacteria, virus, fingi, parassite, mycoplasma etc) that caused an orticaria, acute pneumonia, atypical broncospasm, mass ?
URI's are contagious: Person to person spread is the most common way people develop upper respiratory tract infections (uri's). Secretions carrying the virus (and sometimes bacteria) are transferred by touching a hand to the nose and mouth or by inhaling droplets from an affected person who is sneezing or coughing. This is why hand hygiene and covering coughs and sneezes is important when you have a cold. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm : I'm not sure if i'm understanding your question completely - the "flu" - also known as influenza - is a virus that can cause runny nose, cough, vomiting, body aches, fever, and tiredness. It often lasts at least a week. In children, the flu can lead to pneumonia or dehydration. Because of this, i always recommend the flu vaccine to all my pediatric patients (and as a mom, i always give it to my two children). The flu vaccine can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray. For more information about influenza, see: http://www.Immunize.Org/catg.D/p4208.Pdf for more information about the vaccine, see: http://www.Immunize.Org/catg.D/p4069.Pdf sinusitis is due to a bacteria (or rarely a fungus) not a virus. Ear infections can be due to a virus, but more often are due to a bacteria. I hope this helps. If i didn't answer your question, please post again. Thanks. ...Read more
Less than: Staph infections are much more common than candida following a viral pneumonia, but certainly they can occur. Generally, overgrowth of candida that is local (thrush or vaginosis) can occur in any patient. Systemic candidiasis or candidal pneumonia is seen, but usually only in the immune compromised or severely ill patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: A cold is a viral infection.Get a more detailed answer ›
How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.
Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no : Upper respiratory infections are typically contagious as they are usually caused by viruses. Sinus infections are not typically contagious but can be if caused by a virus. To play it safe always wash your hands, cover your cough and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of viruses. ...Read more
Skull vs lungs.: Sinus infections are usually viral , and they involve the cavities in your skull that make your skull lighter. They can get filled with fluid when your get a cold, and that fluid, over time, can get secondarily infected with bacterial. Classic pneumonia is a bacterial infection in the air sacks of the lung and needs antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
Variable, 1-2 weeks: In adults and older children, RSV is usually mild viral URI with nasal congestion and cough that lasts 1-2 weeks. In infants and young children with chronic medical problems, RSV can cause severe bronchiolitis with wheezing and cough that can require hospitalization and in extreme cases can cause death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been ill with a virus for 4 weeks now that has become a chest infection. Suffering from pain in the left side in my ribs after brief exercise.
If you reside in the: United States, a full audiovisual Virtual Consult with HealthTap may be helpful. If not, schedule an appointment with your GP. You may need prescriptions for an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication. I also recommend that you not exercise until these issues are addressed and get plenty of rest/sleep/fluids. Best wishes! Dr. Anne. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold: Both. Sometimes you have a viral infection and then get suprainfected with a bacteria. Sometimes you had a bronchitis/infection which was bacterial and did not resolve on its own/or on the initial meds ( immune system takes care up to a point, therefore even before antibiotics not everyone died from infections) and worsened and needs a change in treatment. Hope this helps ...Read more
Hi. My son Taylor had virus 2 weeks ago & chest infection last week hes nearly finished amoxicillin for this. Hes still sick but better. However school sent him home.He is still coughing but not as chesty I think.can't get a docs appnt. Should I wait?
I have had loose bowel movements and then a recurrent chest infection.
Can this be the same virus causing both?
No usually: Doubt that you have the same infection. A good evaluation by a physician will get to the cause of these problems if they are recurrent ...Read more
Cough: Sometimes it is hard to know if you just have a cold or something more serious. I usually tell my patients to be seen with persistant fevers, difficulty breathing, wheezing, cough productive of blood or a cough that worsens. Without a chest xray and examination you can't tell. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest: Take prescribed medications as directed, use good respiratory therapy, hydrate well. ...Read more
Possibilities...: This could be due to bronchospasm and inflammation that is unresolved from your recent infection. If so, a bronchodilator inhaler as well as a steroid inhaler would help the situation to resolve. Your doctor can make this diagnosis and prescribe this treatment. This is the most likely explanation but other possibilities include post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of factors. See your doctor. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Patients with advanced COPD can live for prolonged periods of time and there are measures to improve both length and quality of life. Specifics should be discussed with your doctor. Some measures that can be considered, include optimization of medications, o2 use when appropriate, pulmonary rehab, and lung volume reduction surgery, even lung transplant in highly selected patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
15mo son is suffering from chest infection even though I already give him ammoxil 125 mg gixer, citriz. What to do?
Depends..: If his "chest infection" has been going on a few days, give it time. If it is bacterial, Amoxicillin may help. If it is viral, antibiotics will not help. If this has been going on for weeks or months, your doctor may need to reevaluate therapy. I do not know what you mean by "gixer" or "citriz.". ...Read more
I currently have a chest infection and today i got wet feet and got cold, im now coughing more, would that make it worse ?
I have a chest infection and started Clarythramycin Feb 7@ 250 mg 2x/day. I am chocking really badly. How long before antibiotic starts to work?
24-36 hours: You may need some cough suppressant also. You may want to try some cough syrup with dextromethorpan (DM) to help with your cough. If you are having trouble breathing you may need immediate attention at an Emergency department. Drink plenty of fluids, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after taking doxycline can I eat? I try to wait 1.5 hr and it makes me nauseated. Taking 100 mg bid 10 days for chest infection. Thank you
I was diagnosed with a chest infection and am on day 3 of Tavanic course.2day i had a slight ( 1 min) blackout is that typical when taking Tavanic?
Blackouts: It is always difficult to be sure if a blackout is caused by a medicine or rather related to the infection. Either way, blackouts are always a good reason to be re-examined by a doctor. I highly recommend going for a follow-up check to rule out complications or additional problems. Your doctor should check your blood pressure and heart rate, as well as performing an ECG test. ...Read more
I have a chest infection or maybe bronchitis and i want to know do I have to stay in bed the whole day or can I go out and leave the house and go out.
This has been going on for around 3 weeks. I am coughing so violently that I am often sick. My asthma is also more volatile. Is this a chest infection and if so, what should I do to treat it?
Are yo being exposed: Are you being exposed to something you may be allergic to ? Sounds like it. What are your peak flows (do you have a peak-flow meter- essential d]for asthmatics to know if they are getting into trouble). Maybe a shot of corticosteroids followed by a short cours of prednisone is in order. Call your doctor. ...Read more
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