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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
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. ...Read more
Wat harm a steroid nebulization cause if cause of cough and fever can't 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Often very difficult to distinguish.
However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick. ...Read more
Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germ called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different (they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. (like flu)
symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read more
Influenza is a virus:
But a lot of people call colds and other respiratory illnesses 'the flu' or 'influenza.' real influenza is a virus, typically a nasty one, with very sudden onset, fever, headache, sore throat, cough and other symptoms.
The only way to really know is to be tested by your health care provider. ...Read more
What else besides bacterial or viral conjuctivitis can cause severe light sensivitity in a small child?
I've read that the majority of sinusitis is viral in nature. What differentiates it from the bacterial kind? How long does the viral kind last?
Great question!: The only difference we have been able to show is the length of time of symptoms. If its anything less than 7-10 days then most likely it's a viral infection. 10 days or more -> bacterial infection. Of course there are exception but this serves a general guideline for us to follow. ...Read more
Cancer can be caused by the long-standing inflammation in tissues affected by certain viruses (i.e. Hpv, hcv) and bacteria (i.e. H. Pylori), but cancer itself is not an infectious organism. Learn more about cancer and bacteria here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cancer_bacteria
learn more about cancer and viruses here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cancer_virus. ...Read more
Colds are caused by: Viruses.Get a more detailed answer ›
Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashed fruit/veg may be contaminated, so wash them before eating. Wash your hands before cooking, eating. Viral food borne illness includes hepatitis a, found in contaminated sea food, more commonly from food handlers. Other viral inf can cause GI sx. ...Read more
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