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Cough Bacterial Or Viral
Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?
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
Culture: The only way to tell for sure is by culture of your blood or phlegm and even that is less than perfect.See 2 more doctor answers
Taking antibiotic for cough for 7 days but I have not gotten better could this be viral and not a bacterial inf? No fever but phlegn is chunky green!
My baby is 4month old. Has cough no nasal dscharge. I had him checkd and it's because of allergies. How to identify if it's already viral or bacterial cause?
Need more info: The answer to your question can only be answered by the baby's physician and who has examined him.
Wat harm a steroid nebulization cause if cause of cough and fever cant be identified whether viral or bacterial?
12 y/o boy t: up to 103 x 3 days. T:> in the pm on day 3. H.A., nasal congestion, chest cough is it viral? Or should he be seen to r/o bacterial?
Have chills, body pains, cough, dull head ache. Had fever until yesterday (101). Strep test -ve. Flu test -ve. Is this viral? Or bacterial?
M28, fever 101f, wbc10.5, platelets 143, haemoglobin 13.6, hematocrit 41.1%, ESR 31, cough, phelgem, sinus. Is this viral or bacterial, cefixime 400mg/d ok?
Sounds viral: Avoid antibiotics unless proof of bacterial infection.
29yo. Woke up yesterday with a cough produces smll amt of phlegm high fever up to 103.7- no runny nose, sore legs. Viral? Bacterial? What could it be?
Flu?: As there is a flu epidemic going on, the best bet would be flu. See your doctor to get you an anti-flu medication if the symptoms have been present for less than 48 hrs.
Coughing (sounds dry?) For about 5 months now. Age 18, white phlegm turning green past few days, bacterial/viral? Cancer? (rarely smoke)
Coughing up mucus from lungs. Its yellowish green and it tastes horrible. Does that mean it's bacterial or viral?
Productive cough: We used to think that colored mucus was a sure sign of a bacterial infection, but that is not always the case. Often, discolored mucus may be draining from the sinuses vs the lungs. Get an evaluation if this persists.See 1 more doctor answer
Coughing up thick clear mucus with white specks for a couple weeks also gave either a stuffy or runny nose with it. Is this viral bacterial or allergy?
Hard to say: This is hard to differentiate elegy versus bacterial versus viral on the appearance of the mucus. Usually with infection the mucus can be green, red, or have blood on it, this is best discussed with your physician to help clarify which of these it may be or if it's something else. There are other lung problems that we might consider beyond the three you describe
Sore throat coughing nasal drip normal temp, no allegerys, for 6 days viral or bacteral? 61 years slighty high BP no serious health probs
Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted.See 1 more doctor answer
Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination.See 1 more doctor answer
Can be either: Depends on organism, susceptibility to antibiotics and immune system of patient. Adenovirus is one of most virulent viruses often leaving destroyed lung. Other viral infections can be complicated by superimposed bacterial necrotizing pneumonia. Streptococcal and Staphylococcal and others can be very virulent as well
Duration: In either type of sinusitis the symptoms are the same. Even 60% of bacterial sinusitis clear without antibiotics. Bacterial infections show in three ways. Most common it is progressive worsening symptoms usually after cold or allergy attack over 10-14 days. Next is the cold that persists over 3-4 weeks not getting better or worse. Least common is severe sudden onset of symptoms with fever.
Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging studies, whereas in viral infection the tissues lining the air spaces are more involved and appears as a reticular pattern on imaging. Both can show overlapping pictures.
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