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How Long Does A Viral Cold Last
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 more
Variable: A virus could last anywhere from a few days to several weeks - depending on how well you're taking care of yourself in terms of hydration, diet, getting enough sleep, not smoking, etc. However, if a sore throat persists - it should be checked out by a physician to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Not too long: It's often hard to tell if a pneumonia is viral, but even if bacterial (and treated), patients are usually improving after a week. If you have a lot of other diseases, especially lung disease, it may take a little longer. Coughing may take a few weeks to ckear up entirely. ...Read more
No specific time: Our immune system fights viruses. The stronger your immune system is, the shorter time it will take for you to fight it off and get better. If you have more problems and a weaker immune system, it will be longer. ...Read more
Vertigo: Typically can last 1 to 2 weeks but some folks suffer longer than others. ...Read more
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