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Depends/ comfort: Tamiflu is approved for such kids but must be started in the first 48-72 hrs to have any benefit & has many side effects that mimic flu symptoms. It can be helpful. Comfort measures that focus on maintaining fluid intake, rest & basic nutrition are a must. Avoid aspirin products. ...Read more
Hi, I have had a continuous flu for almost a year now and I have tried to get medication but it doesn't seem to go away. what can be the cause?
Not the flu: Influenza infection does not last or intermittently recur for several months. Persistent flu-like symptoms are likely caused by a problems with the immune system (immunodeficiency, rheumatological problem, or types of cancers). A complete physical with testing of your body systems is necessary to determine the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more
Meds in pregnancy :
It is best for you to consult with your Family
Practitioner who will assess you first before treatment. Most medicines have not been proven to be safe during pregnancy and are selected if the benefits outweigh the risks. Your doctor will help you to select these as per your individual risk factors. In addition there are important conditions like rubella that need to be considered. ...Read more
Fighting the flu: 1- frequent handwashing 2- cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing 3- avoid touching your face 4- avoid those who are ill 5- if you are ill, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever subsides without using anti-fever medicines 6- while sick, avoid others http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/preventing.Htm. ...Read more
Influenza?: See pediatrician to make certain child has flu & not a cold or other respiratory infection. If it is flu, the antiviral med tamiflu can be used in infants based on their weight. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever (not aspirin!). Sooner u see peds, sooner child can be treated. [selsun blue is for dandruff & seborrheic dermatitis, not flu]. This fall have child immunized against influenza as preventive measure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful: Not that I am aware of. Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
I have a cold and i need to take the Plan B pill, is it ok whil the Plan B pill is in my system to take cold/flu medication?
Yes in moderation: Yes, keep fluids up, take ibiprofen with food, neither med should be taken long term. ...Read more
Influenza testing: Pregnant women with Flu symptoms should be tested for Influenza. If the Influenza test is positive then antiviral medication should be started. If Influenza is not present then the symptoms may simply be a common cold or other virus. Over the counter medications for colds may be appropriate. An evaluation by a doctor should be done first ...Read more
Safe options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (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/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! let your OB doctor know. ...Read more
Rest! Hydrate!: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
None: No effective preventive medication is available at present. ...Read more
Good Day , I'm pregnant and I have flu and I have no idea what medication to take . Please help , I'm so sick .
How to make 8mth old feel better from cough n flu physically after giving medication. Can baby be in air con room?
I gave my son his valporic acid medication and 1/2 hour later he through it up because of the flu. Should i be worries of him not getting a full dose?
consider half dose: In such a situation , i generally wait a bit until the kids stomach is settled and repeat 1/3 the dose. If the vomit immediately, it would be a full dose.Sometimes having a kid suck on ice chips or chew a sugary gum will settle their stomach long enough to get a dose to stay down. ...Read more
I am riding the 947 challenge (cycling 100km) this weekend and have come down with very mild flu symptoms yesterday (which is probably better described as sinus). I am taking OTC medication, and it seems to be a lot better today. Can I still ride?
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