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Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?

Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?

No: Steroids can be helpful for systemic inflammatory conditions or for asthma exacerbations but can have possible significant side effects. It would not be recommended for a simple URI or for otitis externa ...Read more

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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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What does it mean when your uris smells strong and is dark?

What does it mean when your uris smells strong and is dark?

Not drinking enough: Dark urine is usually concentrated because your not drinking enough. Blood can darken the urine, so can bilirubin. Both can be easily checked on a urine dipstick test. ...Read more

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Is urised for an uti?

Is urised for an uti?

Yes and no: Urised will help the symptoms and rarely cure the problem. You probably need antibiotics. For more info see www. Peedoc. Com. @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Yes: It is a good option for those who can't tolerate a long course (more than three weeks) of antibiotic or have another reason why they can't take the oral form. It can also be used in conjunction with a steroid mixed in the rinse. This might be the only option for some who have chronic sinus disease and whom surgery is not an option (or they are trying to avoid surgery). It is a worth a try. ...Read more

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Can you get cold symptoms during. Ovulation?

Can you get cold symptoms during. Ovulation?

Yes, but: Only if you have a cold or flu. Ovulation is not associated with 'cold-like' symptoms. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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What causes cold symptoms and why is it a necessary process to recovery which makes us more ill than the virus?

What causes cold symptoms and why is it a necessary process to recovery which makes us more ill than the virus?

Body response: Cold symptoms (runny nose etc) are the body's response to an invading germ. Increase mucous to trap and eliminate the germ.Fever to cook it out.

I am not sure about the second part of your question. I can tell you that there are many options that are natural that can speed healing form a cold that do not involve pharmaceuticals. ...Read more

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How long am I contagious with a cold/uri? Trying not to get co-workers sick and deciding when to return to work.

How long am I contagious with a cold/uri? Trying not to get co-workers sick and deciding when to return to work.

Judgement call: It really is a judgement call. As long as you don't have a fever and can control your cough and runny nose, you should pose little risk to your co-workers. You should wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when washing is inconvenient. And politely refuse shake hands until you are better. ...Read more

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Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

Can stress cause you to get cold symptoms?

More vulnerable: High stress can impair your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to viral illness (colds, coughs, flu, etc). For instance, some research showed that students' immunity went down every year under the simple stress of a three-day exam period. Test takers had fewer natural killer cells, which fight tumors and viral infections. They produced much less immunity-boosting gamma interferon too. ...Read more

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Do you need to get CT scan if you think you have uri?

Do you need to get CT scan if you think you have uri?

No: A URI or upper respiratory infection is medical shorthand for a common cold. A ct scan is a very powerful (and expensive) tool for using x-rays to see 3-d images, but also exposes one to lots of radiation. A common cold is diagnosed by history and exam and does not need a ct scan to make the diagnosis. Ct can be helpful on rare occasions in the diagnosis of chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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How come I get cold symptoms even when I'm not 'cold'?

How come I get cold symptoms even when I'm not 'cold'?

Cold symptoms: One does not catch an infection from being "cold". Colds are caused by viruses. ...Read more

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What could cause cold symptoms as I wake up, but then for them to subside during the day?

Indoor allergens: This is very typical for people allergic to indoor allergens such as dust mites, molds, and either pets or cockroaches that may be present in the home. See an allergist to help sort this out and figure out how best to treat these symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

What should I take to get rid of acute bronchitis?

Cough medicine: It's usually viral, so antibiotics generally aren't recommended. Treatment is symptomatic, with cough medicines. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a cold symptoms quickly?

What would you do to get rid of a cold symptoms quickly?

Easy remedies: 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 / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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Is it possible that my cold symptoms become more severe as I get older? If so, why? It feels that way to me; I have no allergies (already tested).

Is it possible that my cold symptoms become more severe as I get older? If so, why? It feels that way to me; I have no allergies (already tested).

Ancient: At 34 it is all downhill. Your immune function may begin to fade when you pass the age of 60, but that does not necessarily mean that would make your cold symptoms worse. It is always difficult to remember exactly what the last cold felt like unless you have been keeping detailed records. Relax. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?

Different issues.: These are two different infections, involve different areas of the lungs, and usually have different etiologies (viral, bacterial). You can't give yourself a pneumonia by suppressing the cough of bronchitis. Just make sure you're treating the right thing. ...Read more

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4 year old w a croup cough all night. Seems fine during day, typical cold symptoms and croup sound when coughing. Does he need to see a dr?

4 year old w a croup cough all night. Seems fine during day, typical cold symptoms and croup sound when coughing. Does he need to see a dr?

Yes: The majority of croup cases are minor and will pass without treatment, yet some have more trouble ; require office or hospital care. The intensity of symptoms separate the two groups, so be observant and contac your physician for guidence. A calm nurturing approach and simple rocking will often settle a crouping child, who is frighteded by the noise their vibrating airway makes with each cough. ...Read more

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Many friends get a steroid shot for a head cold that dryes them up. Is this a standard way to care for a URI or just a short term" feel better".?

Many friends get a steroid shot for a head cold that dryes them up. Is this a standard way to care for a URI or just a short term" feel better".?

Only justified when: Only justified when you have severe sinusitis where the mucous lining is so piled up that you have outflow obstruction. Generally, steroids should be avoided in viral or bacterial sinusitis. I see this done, as a feel-good bandage. ...Read more

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Why is pneumonia, bronchitis, URI etc SO BAD now during summer? Will increase pred& start my Nebs again help my thick phlegm without antibiotics?

Why is pneumonia, bronchitis, URI etc SO BAD now during summer? Will increase pred& start my Nebs again help my thick phlegm without antibiotics?

It's not weather: Respiratory infections are only a little more common in winter than summer. It sounds like you may have asthma or COPD; these increase the the risk of bronchitis or pneumonia much more than the weather does. Keep in touch with your doctor and follow her advice. ...Read more

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Non smoker, I have an URI for 8 days now.... How do I get rid of this dry unproductive cough, nothing coming up! Prescription for hydrocodiene syrup not helpin?

See your doctor: After 8 days it is not a usual uri, and may be complicated by a sinus infection or some other respiratory problem. I would see your doctor or health care provider for an examination, and maybe a chest film. ...Read more

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Female 41 in november been sick with URI in the mornings I get up. Feeling hot inside sweaty but skin indicates no fever?

Female 41 in november been sick with URI in the mornings I get up. Feeling hot inside sweaty but skin indicates no fever?

Viral/bacterial?: You need an examination to determine if this is either infection. Antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for hot sweats, aches and pain. Please call for an appointment ...Read more

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Why do I get URI's so much I have and under active thyroid and 2.7 x 2.1nodule on my right lung could this be connected 3rd URI in 2months?

Why do I get URI's so much I have and under active thyroid and 2.7 x 2.1nodule on my right lung could this be connected 3rd URI in 2months?

Mgt: Your smoking and family histories will be important factors in determining the next step. I would advise following your CT scan if you are low risk for malignancy, having a TB skin test and evaluation for possible immune disease as indicated. ...Read more

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I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying? URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying? URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

Immune problem: You may have an impaired immune system making it difficult to you to fight off infections. Consider an allergy consult to find out what the problem may be. ...Read more

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I've had 3 URI this year, why do I get so many? O do suffer from allergies. Keep thinking of I have lung cancer?

I've had 3 URI this year, why do I get so many? O do suffer from allergies. Keep thinking of I have lung cancer?

Resp infection: Allergies, moles in your house, poor diet, smoking, second hand smoking, environment, location. Where you work and what you do for a living can have influence in getting multiple uri. ...Read more

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I am allergic to various trees, weeds, mold, grasses, and dogs. Can this be the root of my trouble breathing? I do not have asthma. I get frequent URI

I am allergic to various trees, weeds, mold, grasses, and dogs. Can this be the root of my trouble breathing? I do not have asthma. I get frequent URI

Multiple allergies: Could certainly have an effect on your pulmonary function. Make an appointment with an allergist or pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Neg methacholine & stress test but get winded, wheeze with exertion, URI or humidity. Diangosis UCTD -symptoms Lupus &Sjogrens. Could UCTD cause windedness?

Neg methacholine & stress test but get winded, wheeze with exertion, URI or humidity. Diangosis UCTD -symptoms Lupus &Sjogrens. Could UCTD cause windedness?

Dyspnea: The differential diagnosis list is long and not excluded by the important tests reported done;keep engaged with your physician, or see a cardiac and/or pulmonary physician to pursue a diagnosis and hopefully treatment plan. ...Read more