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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
Daily
Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
Daily
Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Drink at least 2L of water
Daily
Avoid irritating foods
Daily
Empty bladder 4-6 times per day
Daily
Empty bladder after intercourse
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
once
Avoid fragrances in soaps, detergents, panty liners and pads
daily
Avoid too much scrubbing, direct pressure from thongs, tight clothes
daily
If menopausal, vaginal estrogens (plant based) help prevent uti's
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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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