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How Long Does Fever Associated With Viral Uri Last
Can cough, greenish yellow phlegm/mucus and head/ear congestion persist for awhile after a viral URI? Feel better except for these things. No fever.
Maybe: Without an exam, I can only give general information, but classically after an inflammatory process in the upper respiratory area, the body is more susceptible to secondary infection with whatever germs are there. Strep and mouth germs are the most common causes and these often require antibiotics. ...Read more
I have a viral URI. I keep getting spells where I feel hot, feverish, and clammy, but when I check my temp it's normal. What could cause this?
Mgt: A typical viral upper respiratory illness lasts about 10 days. I would suggest checking your temperature and noting the reading, keep well hydrated and rest. If the symptoms persist, please see your PCP. ...Read more
How long is someone contagious for when they have the common cold, flu, or bacterial / viral bronchitis?
Contagious periods: The contagious period differs for each type of infection, even among different viruses! There is a range of values based on different infections ranging from common cold to influenza. These vary from 24 hours to up to 2 weeks! You should ask your physician what infection you have and for how long you will be contagious. Common sense dictates that respiratory viruses travel by cough or sneeze. ...Read more
Viral URI= cold: Viral upper respiratory infection, which includes nose, throat, eustachian tubes, sinuses. Over 200 viruses can cause cold symptoms, but most common are rhinovirus, corona virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, enterovirus, & respiratory syncytial virus. Tx is symptomatic; antibiotics do not work. ...Read more
I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold, Symptoms, Medications, and Procedures? Thanks
Fever, body aches,: A true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more
What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?
with symptoms of sore throat, runny nose and fever probably, you are likely suffering from a viral respiratory infection. These will run their course of about a week. During this time, symptomatic relief can be achieved by taking medications such as ibuprofen, claritin, (loratadine) and sudafed. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I get 'common cold' symptoms for a day after I swim in a pool the last 4-5 times. Sore throat, sinus, sneezing. Could it be a chlorine allergy?
Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more
Is It possible to be immune to the flu? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time I was sick other than a common cold..
Just lucky so far: There is no natural immunity to influenza. I would guess at least half of all people your age (20) have never had overt influenza, so this is nothing unusual. You have just been lucky so far. Either you never caught it, or you had mild symptoms; flu often is no worse than a common cold. Your luck will run out one day. You still should have recommended influenza vaccine every year. ...Read more
How long is the common cold contagious for? The same applies for the flu and other common infections?
You are most contagious for a few days before you peak symptoms start
for the flu you are also contagious for several days after you become smptomaic. ...Read more
Medicines aren't: Necessarily needed. Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more
Common cold: To avoid getting an upper respiratory infection practice excellent hand washing. Wash hands frequently & thoroughly with warm water and soap. Do not touch mouth, eyes or hands unless hands are clean. Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections. Cover coughs. Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. > ...Read more
My husband and I are alternating symptoms of headaches nausea body chills with no fever. What could be causing it? Common cold?
Viral illness: Likely a non-specific viral illness which is self limited ...Read more
I have RA and I started yesterday with dry cough, slight fever more pain and weakness that usual. Is this just the common cold or should I be concern?
Many: I break colds into flavors: there are chest colds, nose colds and throat colds, although all common colds can cause all symptoms. Stuffy nose and cough are the most common symptoms, but feeling tired, sore, sick, having sinus pressure or earaches all come with the territory. Many colds start with a sore throat before progressing to stuffy nose and/or cough, but some only involve sore throat. ...Read more
My three year old has a cough and low grade fever just common cold or do I need to make an appointment with her dr? -
You decide: A general rule for this is based on the kids behavior. If they are taking feeds/fluids well;playing for periods during the day and sleeping well at night you can probably monitor it at home. If her feeds are off, she doesn't play and otherwise bothers you it is time for a visit. ...Read more
My son 5 months 21 days old complaints of fever and common cold, temperature 99.4 may I know the dose of acetaminophen to be given. He weighs 7 kg?
80 mg: The simple dosing schedule of acetomenophen is 10-15 mg/kg. I would give 80 at this weight ...Read more
I have been coughing for 2 weeks. No common cold. Mucous is thin. Today experiencing chest pain on left side. Bronchitis or pnemonia? No fever
Musculoskeletal pain: Coughing persistently can result in musculoskeletal chest discomfort due to muscle strain, cartilage inflammation, bone bruise or even fracture. This pain will resolve once the cough resolves. Without fever or discolored sputum, the cough is unlikely to be due to infection. Bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these is more likely. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment. ...Read more
My babies complain of common cold how can I treat them without medication (they are 6 months) there is no fever just runing nose and congestion?
Saline: Cold meds we use as adults or with older kids reduce drainage by using meds that dry ; thicken the drainage. Babies are dependent on narrow nasal passages that will block with thickened drainage. Your best rx for infants is to use generous amounts of saline nose wash and occasional suction to keep their nasal passages clear. Clean it as often as needed ; avoid all the stuff for old kids. ...Read more
Can I give TSH blood test when I have fever and common cold? Or should I wait till I recover? What difference will my TSH show if taken a test now?
What's the difference of a common cold as oppose to sinusitis, allergy meds or puffer doesn't work, conjestion, cough no fever day 3 not getting better?
Timing is important: Many symptoms of a viral upper respiratory infection are similar to symptoms of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis ("sinus infection") - nasal congestion/obstruction, nasal drainage, facial pressure, low-grade fever, etc. Timing of the symptoms is important. If symptoms persist for 10 days or longer, or if symptoms initially improve and then worsen again, it is more likely a bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more
I went to the doctors, I have acute bronchitis, why antibiotics for that, and not the common cold?
Coldeze: There is no cure for the common cold.The zinc in coldeze may shorten the duration of a cold by a day or so. Symptomatic treatment will make you feel better and make it seem to pass more quickly. Throat lozenges for sore throat, pseudephedrine for nasal congestion, Robitussin-DM for cough and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and discomfort when needed are what I recommend. ...Read more
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