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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?

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 problem 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

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What are good ways I can fight the flu without medication?

What are good ways I can fight the flu without medication?

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

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My 7months old daughter has flu, what medication can I give her?

My 7months old daughter has flu, what medication can I give her?

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 more

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I'd really like to know how to cure the flu at home without medication?

No cure for flu: You don't "cure" the flu. It's a viral infection, and we have a cure for only one viral infection: hepatitis c. The flu just has to get better on its own. The only things we know of that will speed that process up are anti-influenza drugs like tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more

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Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

Are medications that reduce symptoms due to cold and flu detrimental to recovery in the end?

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

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Is it ok to take ibuprofen while taking flu medication?

Is it ok to take ibuprofen while taking flu medication?

Yes in moderation: Yes, keep fluids up, take ibiprofen with food, neither med should be taken long term. ...Read more

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I am seven months pregnant and have flu which medication should I take?

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

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What do you suggest to relieve cold and flu symptoms without medication?

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

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How to make 8mth old feel better from cough n flu physically after giving medication. Can baby be in air con room?

How to make 8mth old feel better from cough n flu physically after giving medication. Can baby be in air con room?

Help clear mucous: Keeping him upright to help drain any mucous, lots of clear fluids such as pedialyte and using a bulb syringe or "nose sucker" to help clear his airway. I also like Vicks vapor for soothing. ...Read more

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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?

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, that is fine.: Check this site for meds that interact with Plan B- http://chealth.canoe.com/drug/getdrug/plan-b ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is there a medication that can actually prevent swine flu?

Is there a medication that can actually prevent swine flu?

Vaccine: The annual influenza vaccine will have the strains you need to fight off the anticipated outbreaks of influenza that year. ...Read more

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What are the medications preffered for swine flu? Is it 100% fatal or can be cured?

What are the medications preffered for swine flu? Is it 100% fatal or can be cured?

Need for vaccination: Proper hygiene, hand wash and need to be vaccinated, can't prevent swine flu, treatment available
can be serious in patients who are immunocompromised. ...Read more

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What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

What a good cold, flu or allergy medication out there?

Many choices: There is no magic pill out there and it all depends on what symptoms your are trying to treat. A decongestant for a cold or flu is available is many combinations over the counter under different brand names. Look at the ingredients, Pseudoephedrine is a good decongestant avilable in combination with other medications. For allergies, a non drowsy long acting antihistamine is allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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What medication can you take for the Flu which is safe for pregnancy?

What medication can you take for the Flu which is safe for pregnancy?

Best to see GP: Things like Paracetamol. Drink lots of fluid. Rest ...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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I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

I am taking meloxicam. Can I take alka-sektzer plus cold and flu also while I am on this medication?

Avoid mixing manyMed: There has to be a good reason for adding any pills or taking each one of the pills. If your condition is a head cold, then you do not need to mix more than Tylenol (acetaminophen) / or Cold/Flu meds and or a decongestant. Alka- seltzer is not a safe medication to mix with Meloxican ...Read more

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Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

YES: Many decongestants can cause bladder neck tightness and counteract prostate medications. Talk to your doctor to see if it is safe to stop the decong. Or change to one with less side effects. ...Read more

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more

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I take 1.5mg of bromazepam daily and I caught a severe attack of the flu today. Is it okay if I take Nyquil along with this medication?

Medication effects: I understand your desire to have good sleep.
Bromazepam helps with Anxiety which can help you sleep.
Using Nyquil with Bromazepam may increase drowsiness, dizziness and some impairment in thinking and judgment.

See your Physician for your severe attack of flu and treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, discuss benefits and side effects of Bromazepam; its interaction with Nyquil, and Relaxation. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with urine infection a few months try to get medication for it but the first one gave me flu evrytime I took it what medication to get?

UTI: I am not sure how a medication can give you the flu. Possibly it gave you flu like symptoms. In that case, you should call your doc and discuss it with him and get another med. That will depend on the results of the urine culture if one was done or your doc's preference if he is treating you without doing culture. ...Read more

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Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?

Will antiviral medication be effective in treating bird flu?

Possibly: Amantadine and ramantidine have been used, but have a high rate of resistance. Tamiflu and Relenza (zanamivir) are available by prescription and have shown variable success. Resistance has been high in this specific influenza variety. ...Read more

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Is there an anti-viral medication that can be taken for the swine flu?

Flu medication: The antiviral drugs available are amantadine, rimantadine, oseltamivir and zanamivir. The influenza virus has been shown to be resistant to the first two. Although a growing resistance has also been observed to the third, it is still safe to use in the form of a pill to be taken by mouth. The last drug is in inhaler form. ...Read more

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What's an effective treament for a flu at home without doctor medication?

Fluids & rest: Get a hot chicken soup, hydration, high vitamion c & antioxidants (green, yellow & orange vegetables) some rest & good restorative sleep.
Can take echinacea for 3 to 5 days. ...Read more