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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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How quickly can a flu/cold come on?

How quickly can a flu/cold come on?

Farily quickly: The disease has an incubation period in which you mihg not feel anything. When the symptom start they will manifest farily rapidly. ...Read more

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What works when you have a flu/cold?

What works when you have a flu/cold?

The FLU: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Is there an at home treatmnent for flu & cold?

Is there an at home treatmnent for flu & cold?

Oscillococcinum: I agree with dr. Fowler's ideas. Also would like to add oscillococcinum, a homeopathic remedy. This is available at any health food store, and is best if taken when you first notice symptoms. Take a dose each 6 hours -- symptoms may be gone by the next morning, so don't take more unless needed. http://www.iss.it/publ/anna/2012/1/481105.pdf no conflict with other medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch a flu/cold twice in a week?

Is it possible to catch a flu/cold twice in a week?

Yes: Very bad luck but different strains are possible to get...Wow. ...Read more

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What home remedies can I make for a 2 month old with flu/cold ?

What home remedies can I make for a 2 month old with flu/cold
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Nasal saline drops: Nasal saline drops are the best remedy. Mix 1/4 tsp non-iodized or kosher salt, 1/8 tsp baking soda, and one cup of warm water (same as body temperature). Stir to dissolve the salt and baking soda completely. Fill a clean, sanitized bulb syringe with a small amount of the solution and put a few drops in each nostril. The leftover solution can be stored for up to 24 hr in a clean container. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take for an average child/teenager to heal from sickness(flu, cold)?

Help please? How long does it take for an average child/teenager to heal from sickness(flu, cold)?

7-10 days: Most viruses last 7-10 days, no matter what you do. The treatment is mainly just to make the child feel better. Fever control, saline in the nose, a cool mist humidifier, and lots of fluids to drink will help the most. Frequently a virus will get worse for 3-4 days, peak for a day or so, then improve for 3-4 days. If he isn't getting better or symptoms are worse, see his doctor ...Read more

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I have had flu/cold for two days now, is there a way to stop fever chills?

I have had flu/cold for two days now, is there a way to stop fever chills?

Flu: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Can there be anything else i can do to avoid getting sick this flu/cold season?

Yes: Avoid contact people with upper respiratory infections and wash hands well with warm water and soap (frequentl). Don't touch eyes, nose or mouth without first cleaning hands. ...Read more

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I always catch a cold very easily. Is there anyway i can strengthen my immune and not so prone to flu/cold?

Viral illness: Keep up your immunizations, particularly influenza yearly, stay away from people with active infections and wash you hands thoroughly if you touch anyone who has been coughing or sneezing. There are no specific means of increasing your immune system besides staying healthy and eating a healthy diet. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a flu/cold fast?

No proven remedies!: Common colds are self-limited and there are no proven 'cures'. Some claim that extra vitamin c and echinacea based supplements help. Simple treatments such as rest, drinking extra fluids, eating healthy, avoiding stress, using saline nasal spray may help to shorten the duration of a cold. Aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve/motrin are useful for associated headache or fever. ...Read more

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Is a flu/cold enough of an excuse to miss school?

Sometimes: But ask yourself how sick you truly feel and see a physician and determine how contagious you are and the two of you will arrive at an answer that is best. Feel better! ...Read more

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I got over a sinus flu/cold and now im losing my voice?

I got over a sinus flu/cold and now im losing my voice?

Laryngitis: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve soreness. Gargling twice a day with aloe vera juice is also very beneficial. ...Read more

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Do you know of any good medications that can help me with a flu/cold symptoms?

Whatever works: There are many choices out there but not much really works. Our bodies are very efficient at clearing out viruses and that is why we feel lousy with symptoms when we get a cold. I recommend rest, fluids, and the best nutrition possible. Fever reducers can help with the aches when needed and honey is good for throat tenderness and sometimes cough. Guaifenesin is helpful for some, not others. ...Read more

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M57, I have come to conclusion that best way to avoid sinusitis is to start antiallergics assoon as flu/cold starts, to suppress discharge, am i right?

Allergies: You need to be proactive in treating your allergies, yes, but don't call them flu/cold, because they are not an infection. The best way to manage them is to see an allergist and get tested and know your triggers and plan your treatment accordingly. ...Read more

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How can you stop a flu/cold virus in its tracks?

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.. Feveracetaminophen. ...Read more

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Can you get a flu/cold from the cold weather?

Can you get a flu/cold from the cold weather?

Not directly: It is just that certain viruses are more prevalent during the cold weather months. ...Read more

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Are there any medications for the flu/ cold that contain no acetaminophen?

Ibuprofen & aspirin: For adults, Ibuprofen in its many brand names can be very helpful in managing fever and muscle aches. Aspirin is not used for children due to its association with reyes syndrome, a serious and possibly vatal disorder. Remember lots of fluids and rest. ...Read more