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Getting A Cold After Surgery
I have a sick family member (a cold)in my house and I really don't want to get sick near the holidays. How can I pervent getting a cold?
Hard to do: If your breathing the same air (living in same space) it's hard to avoid. Try wearing a mask until they are no longer contagious. Clean all environmental surfaces (faucets, drawer handles, door handles, toilet handles) with lysol. Keep them somewhat isolated, if possible. ...Read more
Can't stop it.: 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 neti 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
If your body is: Stressed enough from a viral infection - if could impact your period. ...Read more
Not that fast.: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more
I had a cold sore under my lips. My first time getting a cold sore and it happened when I start kissing my gf. Did I get it from her?
Not unless she: Had a lesion at the time you were kissing. ...Read more
My girl friend thinks she might be getting a cold sore and some of her spit got down there if you know what I mean. Can I get herpes from this?
I had sharp pains in my left shoulder and under rib cage and 4 times to my heart. Went 2 the er, they said I'm getting a cold. I'm 17, I don't get that.
Consider pleuritis: Considering your age, It is probably not your heart if you are otherwise healthy and robust. Pleuritis is ususally a viral infection that will go away with time. If you are having difficulty breathing other than from pain you should be re-checked. Please consider the accuracy of my answer from the perspective that I am an Orthopedic surgeon and this is out of my usual field of expertise. ...Read more
Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and acetaminophen can decrease pain. ...Read more
I have an ear ache and horse voice and a doc just told me I may be getting a cold but I never get ear aches that last 3 day?
Eustacian tubes: The tube that runs from your middle ear to the back of the throat, if obstructed by swelling due to inflammation will produce ear pain. You may want to try a decongestant or a saline irrigation of the nares with a neti-pot. Try these and if still in pain go back and see your doctor. ...Read more
Is it possible to get a sore throat from the vaginal liquid or is it just possible I'm getting a cold?
I actually have two issues. Yesterday I feel on my arm now when ever I move it, it hurts pretty bad. Feels like a get a Charlie horse in my arm when ever I move it. The 2nd issue is I think I'm getting a cold. I have a sore throat and stuffy sinus?
Arm sling, vitamin C: If you can move your arm, chances are that it is not fractured. So, most likely a soft tissue injury. Take some over the counter advil or aleve (naproxen) (if you are not allergic) and wear a sling to keep your arm still. If the pain continues or gets worse, get evaluated by a physician and get xray. For your cold symptoms, take 4 grams of vitamin C and an antihistamine (if not allergic). See MD if necessary ...Read more
I took an equate allergy relief pill 20 mg and right before about four hours prior I took robitussin because I was getting a cold after taking the all?
What's your question: If you are concerned about interactions, there are no significant ones when taking Equate and Robtussin together. In future you need to cross check with a pharmacist or doctor before combining medicines as there can be significant interactions. ...Read more
Will sounds or a scratch that bled inside ear cause a supplemented under jaw? I feel like I'm getting a cold after weeks of allergies.
See a physician: If you caused bleeding in y our ear, you may have a cut in the lining of the ear canal or made a hole in the ear drum. I don't quite understand what you mean by supplemented, but I suspect there may be swelling. Neither symptom is related to allergy. See a physician soon. ...Read more
Not much: The things you're supposed to do are to avoid crowds curing cold season and to wash your hands frequently, but frankly most people get a couple colds a year no matter what they do. Some people swear by echinacea taken at the first onset of symptoms, but the data aren't very convincing. My approach is to accept the inevitable, and just hope it happens at a convenient time. ...Read more
It's hard to prevent: You obviously should keep the child from other people with colds and clean things other babies have played with before letting your baby play with it. However, our immune system needs to fight infections to become stronger and you really can't stop it. So prevent what you can but realize that it's going to happen at some point. ...Read more
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