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Have URI and was on clarithromycin for supposed sinus infection. I had two doses then started puking went to ER, got rehydrated and they stopped puking. I can't sleep, I am feeling so awful and still have fever. How long will this last for? What should

Have URI and was on clarithromycin for supposed sinus infection. I  had two doses then started puking went to ER, got rehydrated and they stopped puking. I can't sleep, I am feeling so awful and  still have fever.  How long will this last for? What should

Fever: I would recommend like a nighttime medication for a cold. This will include some Benadryl to help you sleep and Tylenol to stay on top of the fever. Night time medications like a Nyquil usually work wonders to help you finally get some rest. Get some rest, hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

Upper respiratory infection is also known as Common cold. An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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Why 10yr child keeps have uri?

Why 10yr child keeps have uri?

Is it URI: The average 10 yo will have about 3 uri's/yr based on population studies. If the itchy eyes & runny nose seems to be more frequent it may be due to irritant reactions (smoke, fumes, dust) or airborn allergies. ...Read more

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Do you need to get CT scan if you think you have uri?

Do you need to get CT scan if you think you have uri?

No: A URI or upper respiratory infection is medical shorthand for a common cold. A ct scan is a very powerful (and expensive) tool for using x-rays to see 3-d images, but also exposes one to lots of radiation. A common cold is diagnosed by history and exam and does not need a ct scan to make the diagnosis. Ct can be helpful on rare occasions in the diagnosis of chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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Have URI taking 2nd round of antibotics. I am also taking proair, steriods for asthma, but temp is worse does this mean I am getting worse.

Have URI taking 2nd round of antibotics. I am also taking proair, steriods for asthma, but temp is worse does this mean I am getting worse.

Possibly: It can mean you are getting worse. It can also mean you are dehydrated. See if your urine is dark. You want light urine. Your body acts like an evaporative cooler (no water on the pads= no cooling) you may also be using the inhaler wrong. At least half of my patients use the inhale wrong until i train them. ...Read more

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I have URI for a week. Im taking antibiotics. I coughed a lot.Now it hurts my chest to cough..

Chest pain: Your chest pain may be due to all the hacking you've been doing. If the pain persists see a doctor. You may need a chest x-ray to rule out something more serious. In the meantime you can help yourself by going into the shower and breath in the hot steam. A vaporizer is also helpful. ...Read more

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If you have URI or cold symptoms, would it interfere with the CT chest scan with contrast images or results. ?

If you have URI or cold symptoms, would it interfere with  the CT chest scan with contrast images or results. ?

It could: With a viral bronchitis there is inflammation in the lungs so a ct of chest done when ill may look worse than normal. If it is to follow a mass then probably less important. Suggest speaking to radiologist to see if waiting until cold passes is advised so that you get the most accurate study possible. ...Read more

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Have URI went to doc on augmentin. I am on my 6 day still feeling lousy and so tired is this normal?

Have URI went to doc on augmentin. I am on my 6 day still feeling lousy and so tired is this normal?

Virus: You more than likely have a viral respiratory illness and the antibiotic will not change its course, only add symptoms from its side effects. Symptom management, hydration and rest should help you recover more quickly. Recheck with your dr if not improving in next couple days. ...Read more

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I had adenovirus ekc in august. Since then I've had strep, sinusitis and now have uri.Did the ekc kill my immune system? Or is it still the virus?

I had adenovirus ekc in august. Since then I've had strep, sinusitis and now have uri.Did the ekc kill my immune system? Or is it still the virus?

Maybe coincidence?: It's unlikely that the conjunctivitis (or the virus that caused it) damaged your immune system. It may be bad luck that you've been exposed to a number of infections recently. Allergies (ragweed is high now) can also predispose to infections if you're symptomatic. If you're still worried, see an immunologist. They can evaluate your immune system to see if it is or isn't functioning properly. ...Read more

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Dr said I have URI got antibiotic over a week ago. Finished. But still have loss of breathe more often and bloody vomit and still cough. Is ER needed?

See your doctor: Return to see your doctor who gave the prescription for the antibiotic. Further evaluation may be needed to look into shortness of breath, bloody vomit. ...Read more

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Have URI and left lung pain from asthma, seen dr on thurs was given antibotics, proair, steriods now both sides r hurting. Can i wait til tomorrow?

Have URI and left lung pain from asthma, seen dr on thurs was given antibotics, proair, steriods now both sides r hurting. Can i wait til tomorrow?

Depends: Pain in the chest from pneumonia is usually not a life threatening symptom. Shortness of breath, on the other hand, is. Pain may represent the inflammation of the lining of the chest wall, called pleurisy. It usually gets better as your pneumonia improves. Based on your description it's hard to tell whether you can wait until tomorrow or not, though. ...Read more

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