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How Do I Get Rid Of A Chest Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinus pressure: Hello, daily sinus pressure may point to an underlying blockage or narrowing of the sinus outflow tracts. I often recommend a 10 day course of ibuprophen with faring nasal spray for 5 days only. If you are able to take the ibuprophen, the anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the swelling in these narrow drainage pathways. Saline nasal spray may also help. ...Read more
Remedy: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Acne: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology. ...Read more
Will take its course: Common cold is caused by a virus and there is no antibiotic used to treat it. It is self limiting and usually one gets better within 5 to7 days.But you can take some symptomatic meds like decogestants with or without cough medicine if you need relief for cough and Tylenol or Ibuprofen for aches or fever. And drink plenty fluids and refrain from smoking ...Read more
Diagnose first...: If this is an acute cough, it is probably due to acute bronchitis caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. A viral infection will run its course but a bacterial infection may require antibiotic therapy. Your doctor can diagnose and treat this. If the cough is chronic, etiologies include bronchospasm from any cause including chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, gerd, post-nasal drip. See doc. ...Read more
Herbs, homoepathy: Many supplements can help treat a sore throat. Good choices include propolis, pellargonium sidoides, andrographis & gargling with colloidal silver. Homeopathy can help as well. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/pharyngitis-000129.Htm for advice on homeopathy & herbs & see http://altmedicine.About.Com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/sore_throat.Htm for more on herbs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tincture of time?: Most acute sinus infections are viral and can get better on their own in 10-14 days (90% of them). If they are not improving by 7-10 days, then you may need an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. Using afrin/oxymetazoline (no more than 3 days in a row) can open the sinuses for better drainage. Salt water irrigations are amazing as they get the gross mucous out and refresh the nasal lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take tylenol (acetaminophen): Unless you have a specific infection than tylenol (acetaminophen) plus a cool bath should lower your fever fast. If that does not work than you need to see your primary dr. To do blood work. We need to find out if your fever is caused by an allergic reaction or an infection so that it can be treated properly. It may be a serious infection. Don't ever ignore signs of infection because it rarely resolves on its own. ...Read more
See your doctor: Sinus infections are often viral, and viral illnesses last 7 to 10 days. You can take meds for symptoms, but there is nothing that can be done to shorten the length of a viral illness. If your sinus symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection or allergies, though, there may be prescription meds that can help. See your doctor to determine if any of these medicines might be appropriate for you. ...Read more
Many options.: Headaches can be caused by many different causes - eye strain, dehydration, neck tension, or be migraine-type. If you get a mild headache only occasionally, i suggest trying to drink a glass or two of water, take some tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, get off the screen if you have been keyboarding or texting, and ask a friend to massage your neck and shoulders for a few minutes. If it persists, see the doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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