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Getting A Uri During Tinsillectomy Recovery
Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?
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
What causes cold symptoms and why is it a necessary process to recovery which makes us more ill than the virus?
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
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
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
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
Cold symptoms: One does not catch an infection from being "cold". Colds are caused by viruses. ...Read more
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
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
Can you get pneumonia if you don't cough (by using cough suppressants) when you have acute bronchitis? Or is that ok to do?
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
I had acute bronchitis back in may I'm not coughing any more but my chest is still really congested every day I wake up how do I get rid of this?
I currently have acute bronchitis what can I do to get rid of the annoying cough? I currently took medampi 500 but I'm afraid to take nyquil with it
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".?
Why is pneumonia, bronchitis, URI etc SO BAD now during summer? Will increase pred& start my Nebs again help my thick phlegm without antibiotics?
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
Female 41 in november been sick with URI in the mornings I get up. Feeling hot inside sweaty but skin indicates no fever?
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?
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
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 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
Neg methacholine & stress test but get winded, wheeze with exertion, URI or humidity. Diangosis UCTD -symptoms Lupus &Sjogrens. Could UCTD cause windedness?
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