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How Long Am I Contagious With A Viral 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
Depends: The incubation, illness duration & effects of a given virus depends to a great extent on the virus and the pre-illness health of the patient. Some people can shake off a stomach bug in 24hrs or sooner if they have partial immunity from a past illness. Some cases of eb virus can remain ill for 6 wks. The HIV virus has you for your lifetime. ...Read more
Viral illness: If you feel well enough you could go back at any time. Without knowing your symptoms and how badly you feel it is difficult to comment. Do hope you are better soon. Best. ...Read more
All viruses are not: All viruses are not the same.There are viruses that effect respiratory system, others effect stomach and GI tract, they cauise different symptoms in different age groups.How long a person is contagious also depends on the type of virus and the body system it effects.Weakness and fatigue is common to most and can last after the infection has cleared up. ...Read more
How long do lymphocytes stay
High after a viral infection?no symptoms from 7 days lymphocytes still high! around 76.2% in a 8 month old?
Reassurance: At age 8month and up to 5 years old child normally has highly lymphocytes count, what is opposite to adult person. ...Read more
4 year old did blood test and ptt level came back at38 but it was also during a viral infection (with fever). how long for ptt to normalize?
PTT: I am not clear as to why a PTT test was done in the first place with a viral syndrome. Can you be a little more specific? Was there a problem with blood clotting? ...Read more
Can you give a 7 yr old clindamyacin to help get over a 9 day old fever/cold, cough has gotten stronger. How long does a viral infection last?
My : My general rule of thumb in my clinic is that a cold that worsens after a week instead of improving needs to be re-evaluated. Most viral infections tend to improve after a week on their own. A worsening cough and fever could be an indication of a bacterial super-infection such as pneumonia, sinusitis or bronchitis. You should have the child seen by their doctor. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which works for some infections, but not for others, so an exam is very important so he/she gets the correct treatment. Do not use the Clindamycin unless instructed to by the child's doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more
Viral infections: There are thousands of different viruses. For some we have medications (herpes simplex, herpes zoster, influenza to name a few) for many we have no treatment. Whether or not to treat depends upon the patients immune function and the severity or potential severity of the infection. Many will pass with 'tincture of time'. Some respond to antiviral agents. Fluid hydration & pain relievers for all. ...Read more
Mom's remedies: Unfortunately medicines like antibiotics do not treat viral infections, so it's best to follow all the advice your mom used to give you: get lots of rest and drink fluids! chicken soup and tea may also help. You may take tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and muscle aches. Remember to wash your hands so you don't pass the infection along! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Pataday is a topical antihistamine type eye drop for allergic conjunctivitis to treat allergy symptoms in the eyes. Viral infections usually require anti-inflammatories and/or anti-viral treatments although most are self limited. Pataday may make your eye feel better but would not be the usual recommended treatment for a viral infection. ...Read more
YesPresumedMostFreq.: Pleurisy, inflammation of the thin, delicate lining inside the chest, visceral portion covering/outside layer of the lungs, parietal layer lining the inside of the chest wall, both layers oozing small amounts of clear salt water filtered from blood capillaries & serving as lubricant, is presumed commonly from viral infections, however, as a body response, could be triggered by any no of triggers. ...Read more
Mgt: Infants and toddlers may have many infections during the course of the year. Pulmicort is a type of inhaled steroid which can alleviate inflammation in the lungs. More details regarding the symptoms such as wheezing, prolonged cough and her use of Albuterol would be helpful. A virtual consultation appointment made be booked online. ...Read more
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