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Influenza since Tuesday. Was feeling better last night. Woke up today miserable. Why? Cough is now productive and eyes are watery/goopy. What's wrong?

Influenza since Tuesday. Was feeling better last night. Woke up today miserable. Why? Cough is now productive and eyes are watery/goopy. What's wrong?

Treatment: This is normal for the flu. Are you on an antiviral to treat the flu? There have been a lot of deaths from the flu this year but we do have effective antivirals that can help. If you haven't been seen and treated, you need to be. The earlier you start meds the sooner you'll feel better. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Can allergic-influenza rhinitis last 2 months with dry cough and dry, bloody-fatty nasal Ep. with edema at nasal back? Clean Thorax and nasal Röntgen.

Can allergic-influenza rhinitis last 2 months with dry cough and dry, bloody-fatty nasal Ep. with edema at nasal back? Clean Thorax and nasal Röntgen.

M.D. visit: From your history and description, these symptoms may represent an allergic reaction which can cause red irritated eyes and nasal passages. Sinusitis caused by an infection is also possible, but the drainage would be thick and fever is typically associated. I would suggest a nasal steroid and taking the loratadine daily until the symptoms improve. Your physician will also screen you for asthma. ...Read more

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I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

Reactive airways: Hello Tarek, Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air. If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough. Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

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Why would i feel so fatigued 20 days after getting influenza. Still have cough and so very tired.

Why would i feel so fatigued 20 days after getting influenza. Still have cough and so very tired.

Viral Infection: Two areas should be considered. The first, viral infections set you up for bacterial infections to develop later, such as, sinusitis, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Second, viral infections can cause dysfunctions in other organs, such as, your thyroid , heart, liver, and you should return to be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except croupy cough. Possibly bronchitis?

Check temperature: I agree that most likely you do not have bacterial pneumonia which some patients develop following a viral infection. Viruses may cause damage to the lining of the airway. In the meantime, a humidifier and staying well hydrated, while recovering are suggested. If you have problems breathing and/or fever, please see your physician. If the cough lasts longer than 3 weeks, follow up is advised. ...Read more

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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Yes: you could get back soreness from coughing. Sometimes cough lingers after a viral infection has resolved. Typically goes away in few weeks. If the pain is excessive you can see if some pain medications help. However, if cough gets worse you may want to see your PCP. Until the cough resolves you may have some muscle aches in the back. ...Read more

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What is the chance I have influenza based on the rapid test in the ER that says influenza? I have a cough and fever and a bad migraine.

What is the chance I have influenza based on the rapid test in the ER that says influenza? I have a cough and fever and a bad migraine.

Very high.: If the rapid test in the er says you had flu (and flu's been going around in your area), then there's a good chance you have flu. Cough, fever and bad headache certainly go along with this. For most healthy people, flu goes away on it's own (5-10 days). If you were given any medication like tamiflu by the ed doc, you should take it. If fevers last longer than 4 days, you should get rechecked. ...Read more

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Can my 4 year old take cough medicine and tamiflu at the same time?Positive influenza test 4 days ago, lingering cough,fever free 48 hours.Contagious?

Can my 4 year old take cough medicine and tamiflu at the same time?Positive influenza test 4 days ago, lingering cough,fever free 48 hours.Contagious?

Yes, most: over-the-counter children's cough medications can be taken with Tamiflu, but the cough medication may not have any added benefit and will not shorten the course. If he/she is still coughing, I would consider him/her to still be somewhat contagious through those respiratory droplets released by the cough, although one is most contagious while the fever is there ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more