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2yrs son carpooll wit ath 2yrs boy who always have flu everyday, is car purifier/car ioniser/car ozoniser works to protect my son frm d virus?
Flu vaccine: The best ways to prevent illness from influenza virus is to get the flu vaccine every year, avoid direct contact with those who are sick with respiratory infections, and regular hand-washing. I am not aware of any car air purifiers that help to prevent people from getting sick from respiratory viruses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have lupus. Seem to catch virus every few months bad enough for me to miss few days of work. Currently have the flu. How to get work to understand?
FMLA: Have your primary care provider complete FMLA paperwork so your employer understands. Family Medical Leave Act. ...Read more
Felt flu-ish with body aches for 5 days now. Is that normal time frame for virus or flu bug to work its way out? (Going to doc as i still feel awful)
Yes and no: There are viruses that attack the heart but they tend to be present in the spring. The influenza virus isn't one of them. While the virus itself doesn't cause extra beats, being ill with fever and/or sweating, and/or diarrhea, and/or vomiting, and/or reduced fluid intake and/or disturbed sleep - all can affect your heart rhythm. ...Read more
After being around others with a cold/flu is it possible to acquire the virus, feel run down for 1 day, but yet the body beats it before it advances?
Immune system: Yes, our immune system can fight off infections. ...Read more
How long does it take cold/flu-induced laryngitis to go away & heal? I've had it for 3 days,& i'm getting over a virus. I have to sing in 5 days.Help!
Longer than 5 days: Well sorry to tell you may take longer than 5 days. Since you are a singer try rest and hot fluids with lemon. May get you through ...Read more
Yes: Influenza a, b & c are genetically distinct viruses.Infection with a or b produces near identical diseases which are treated similarly.Influenza c is not a clinically important virus & causes mild disease rarely.Influenza a - due to a higher likelihood of genetic shifting & 'mixing' in bird & swine - is the only influenza virus which causes pandemics.Yearly influenza vaccine protects against a & b. ...Read more
Depends on Antibody: Usually it is the antibody response that we are measuring when we are trying to determine if a virus is still present. Some types of antibodies tell us if a certain virus was ever present. Then there are some types of antibodies that tell us if the infection are still active or not. But to answer your question flu viruses only last about a couple of days (6-7) in your body if you are healthy. ...Read more
You can't stop it: You can improve sxs( but not cure it). Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt h20 (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever– acetaminophen. ...Read more
May be difficult: Rapid influenza testing by nasal swab, viral cultures, or retrospectively by serologic testing. There are many viral infections which can mimic influenza, inclluding parainfluenza, some adenoviruses, and so on and so on. Generally influenza will be active in the community and doctors, having been informed of this by the health departments, will have high indices of suspicion. ...Read more
West Nile Signs: It could be as the signs and symptoms can be similar. The questions is more about where you live, your recent activities and any evidence of bites. Armed with this initial information, I recommend contacting a physician to further evaluate you as rapid treatment can prevent long term complications. ...Read more
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