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How Do You Stop Symptoms When At The Early Stages Of A Cold
You don't!: Sorry, but you can't really affect the duration of your cold which depends upon how many viruses you were exposed to as well as your baseline immune function/status. With that said, there are some small studies suggesting that taking zinc might help cut off half a day to one day from the average duration. Typical otc meds can minimize symptoms but doubt can stop them. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
I don't know if i'm getting a cold or strep. What are some symptoms of strep throat in the early stages?
See below: Strep throats usually start with a sore throat and headache. This is followed by fever, pus or exudate on the throat or tonsils and enlarged lymph nodes at the angles of the jaw. A cold or viral URI usually doesn't cause fever, pus or enlarged painful lymph nodes. Its not easy for even an experienced doctor to always know the difference so when in doubt we check a rapid strep test. ...Read more
I have cold symptoms on top of burning with urination. Is it possible i'm in the early stages of a uti? What happens if i don't see a doctor?
Here's the lineup:: If it's a UTI (urinary tract infection), it will likely get worse and you will feel miserable! some people try flushing their system with a lot of water - and sometimes it works. But if you get worse, you should be evaluated. Other possibilities include stds, so consider this as you figure out what to do. About the cold? There's a saying: it'll last 7 days if you treat it, and a week if you don't. ...Read more
What are the stages of cardiomyopathy? And what are the symptoms of each stage? Can it be diagnosed in the early stages?
No stages: There are no stages. It's diagnosed by measuring the ejection fraction (which is the blood ejected in a single beat). Normal is 55%. Less than 55% is cardiomyopathy. Mild, moderate, & severe are often used to describe. There may be no symptoms. Breathlessness with exertion and easy fatiguability are early symptoms. Echocardiography is the test of choice to diagnose it. Cause is looked for next. ...Read more
Can you catch bronchiolitis more than once? Is there anything that can be done early when symptoms first show to try to stop it?
Yes: I assume since you use the term "bronchiolitis" that you are speaking of your baby. Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is yes, babies can catch a new virus again that will cause bronchiolitis. If one is prone to the wheezing that goes along with viruses, then there is not much you can do once the virus has started to hasten the episode. Best of luck! ...Read more
These can vary: Early symptoms may reflect lack of connection or interest in others, mood changes, unusal patterns of speech or logic, inappropriate affect in relation to thoughts, unusual or delusional beliefs, and lack of pleasure. Paranoid schizophrenia usually has later onset but early symptoms may also include beliefs one is being watched, followed, ideas of special powrs, and thoughts of being persecuted. ...Read more
Are there any physical withdrawl symptoms of bulimia after you stop cold turkey? If so what are they and how do you cope with them?
Likely psychological: Since bulimia is an obsession/compulsion to eat and then throw up everything, the patient's body doesn't retain food to digest. The "withdrawal" would be the psychological stress of trying not to succumb to the strong obsessive/compulsive forces. There may be some physical symptoms if the patient eats a lot, and actually keeps it in and digests it, since he is not used to digesting that much food. ...Read more
Does XL-3 cold medicine stop a cold? or does it just relieve cold symptoms? I'm starting to feel sick so I want to stop it before it gets to me.
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