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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?

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

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How long does a viral throat last?

How long does a viral throat last?

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

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How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

How long does a viral middle ear infection last?

7 to 10 days: Most viral infections last 7 to 10 days. A middle ear effusion or fluid in the ear may persist much longer. Best to see your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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How long does viral syndrome last for?

How long does viral syndrome last for?

Depends: Typical viral syndromes last a few days up to two weeks. Some viruses can cause symptoms which last much longer. ...Read more

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Usually how long can viral pneumonia last?

Usually how long can viral pneumonia last?

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

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How long does viral pneumonia last? I have been sick now for12 days

How long does viral pneumonia last? I have been sick now for12 days

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

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How long can an adult viral rash last?

How long can an adult viral rash last?

Viral Infections: To answer the question as to how long viral infections last, one has to look at the different types of infections caused by viruses. Viral infections can be classified into three main groups: acute infections, chronic infections and latent infections. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a viral rash usually last?

On average, how long will a viral rash usually last?

Days or weeks: Depending on the virus, it may last a few days to a few weeks, you need to know what type of virus is causing it. ...Read more