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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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What can you take to feel better if you have the flu?

What can you take to feel better if you have the flu?

Various: High dose probiotics to rebuild normal gut bacteria which keep you healthy, high dose vitamin d to rev up immune system (50, 000 iu vit d3 daily for 3 days), olive leaf extract to rev up immune system, and chicken soup for comfort (it really does help treat it as well!). Once better make sure you maintain your daily probiotic and vit d at least 5000iu daily to maintain a blood level around 75. ...Read more

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What to take when you have the flu at college?

What to take when you have the flu at college?

Same thing at home: Sorry to hear you don't feel well. There are a lot of over the counter remedies to help- tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever, Motrin for aches, cough suppressant, throat losenges. Just make sure you are getting better over the next couple of days and not worse. Limit your contacts as well and wash your hands a lot. ...Read more

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Should you take antivirals such as tamiflu/relenza if you have the flu & asthma?

Should you take antivirals such as tamiflu/relenza if you have the flu & asthma?

I would: Although you need to start them in the first 48hrs , these meds do reduce the replication of flu germs and for many make the illness more tolerable. For about 30% the meds will not help at all, due to drug resistence. If taken too late, there is less benefit if drug sensitive. ...Read more

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I have the flu at the moment. I did not take a shot, I do not believe in them. I've been sick for a week. Help?

Too late: You have to wait till it gets out of your system and see your doctor if it does not get better in couple of days as there may be complication of flu like sinusitis or pneumonia
get the vaccine next time and every year. ...Read more

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I am nursing and have the flu, what can I take?

I am nursing and have the flu, what can I take?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and others: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is a prescribed medication & helps if started within the first 48hrs of sx. It is considered safe for breast feeding. Most of the other otc meds have little to offer & those containing antihistamines can reduce milk volume.Ibuprofen and acetomenophen are also quite safe for breast feeding. ...Read more

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If I have the flu, is it better to take dayquil or nyquil?

Medication questions: One makes you sleepy and one doesn't. They are otherwise similar medications. ...Read more

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I currently have the flu and am looking to take nyquil as well as a 10mg melatonin. Are there any safety concerns here?

I currently have the flu and am looking to take nyquil as well as a 10mg melatonin. Are there any safety concerns here?

Melatonin: and Nyquil both can contribute to sedation/sleepiness at night but it should be okay. You need sleep to get over influenza. Make sure you drink plenty of liquids and take some ginger candy if you get nauseous. ...Read more

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I take prescribed oxycontin & have the flu. The body pain is unbearable at times even w/ oxy. What should I do?

Simple analgesics: I have never heard of anyone being prescribed a narcotic (opioid) for body pain from the flu ever. I know you are already on this rx and it may be you have developed opioid induced hyperalgesia from the oxycontin. The solution is lowering the dose not raising the dose. You should take Ibuprofen for the myalgias ( body ache from muscle pain). ...Read more

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Been taking fever reducer/pain relievers for 48 hours, bc I think I have the flu. Still have a 99.5F fever. What can I take to feel better?

Been taking fever reducer/pain relievers for 48 hours, bc I think I have the flu.  Still have a 99.5F fever.  What can I take to feel better?

Rest and fluids: Likely this is just a minor case of the flu or just a cold. A true fever in the medical sense is when you hit 101.3 F or 38.5 C. For a minor temperature of 99.5 you can take a Tylenol (acetaminophen) if you wanted. You just need rest and fluids (soups). If the fever continues to rise even on Tylenol (acetaminophen) or if you start having severe sweats, coughing with phlegm. Then you should get checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and everything im eating is making me very sick and nauseous. I feel like I have the flu. What can I take or do?

Ginger: Probably the simplest way to reduce nausea is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organ ginger & steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. Aromatherapy: sweet orange (citrus sinensis), peitigrain (citrus reticulata), mandarin (citrus reticulata) are different citrus scents that can decrease nausea. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu with a low grade fever, could I take a shower or is that a bad idea?

What to do if I have the flu with a low grade fever, could I take a shower or is that a bad idea?

Yes.: Yes. You can take a shower, it is healthy for you and those around you. Try to let the water run at room temperature or cooler. Avoid warm or hot water. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu, i take a multivitamin daily. Can that help speed up the recovery process?

Not likely: If you have the flu, a multivitamin that you take daily will not be very likely to make it go away faster. But the fact that you have been taking it for all this time, may make your immune system stronger and help you get over it faster. So its not a help in the moment, but it is a help over the long term. ...Read more

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I know I have the flu but for 3 days I haven't been able to eat food or hold down liquids. At what point do I take myself in to make sure kidneys ok?

I know I have the flu but for 3 days I haven't been able to eat food or hold down liquids.  At what point do I take myself in to make sure kidneys ok?

Dehydration: Dehydration can effect kidney function if it is severe. The decrease in kidney function usually is reversible with fluids. If you cannot eat or drink anything and if this has been going on for several days see your doctor or go to ER. ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant. I have the flu. Is there anything i can take?

I'm 6 weeks pregnant.  I have the flu.  Is there anything i can take?

Pregnancy and flu.: You should consult your doctor now. If in fact you have a strain of influenza while pregnant there is the potential to become very seriously ill. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) might be prescribed by your physician after thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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I have the flu. Am taking tamaflu and motrin 800. Is it ok to take nyquil before bed as well??

Nyquil: Nyquil is usually a combination of tyelenol, anhistamine, dextromethorphan and possibly phenylephrine. Tyelenol and motrin serve largely the same function so there is no need to add combine motrin with nyquil. Otherwise, these medications are safe to take with oseltamavir or "Tamiflu" Be sure to get plenty of rest and wash your hands to prevent spread of the flu. ...Read more

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.I have the flu. Today I have taken six 200mg ibuprofen. It has been seven hours, and I'm in pain. Can I take more?

.I have the flu. Today I have taken six 200mg ibuprofen. It has been seven hours, and I'm in pain. Can I take more?

Yes.: You can take up to 600 mg every 6 hours for a short period of time provided you don't have any history of coronary artery disease, kidney impairment or stomach ulcer. Take after a meal. ...Read more

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Can u take reglan (metoclopramide) n Depakote 2gether? Not on reg basis, i just have the flu, gotta keep down my pain meds or will hsve 2 go 2 er!

Can u take reglan (metoclopramide) n Depakote 2gether? Not on reg basis, i just have the flu, gotta keep down my pain meds or will hsve 2 go 2 er!

Yes: Depakote has many drug-drug interactions, especially with other anticonvulsants. But there should be no problem combining Reglan (metoclopramide) with depakote. ...Read more

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Can I take a cough suppressant if I have the flu and lung congestion?

Can I take a cough suppressant if I have the flu and lung congestion?

Yes: symptom control is worthwhile
Avoidance of flu exposure and vaccination is hefpful, and Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may be helpful within first 48 hours. ...Read more

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What do I when I have the flu and im taking prednisone what else can I take to speed up the healing process?

What do I when I have the flu and im taking prednisone what else can I take to speed up the healing process?

See below: Prednisone is not used to treat the flu, but if you are already on it for awhile, you can't stop just because you have the flu. If you are early into the course of the flu, you could take tamiflu (oseltamivir) which would need to be prescribed by your doctor. Zinc lozenges early in the course may shorten symptoms by a day. ...Read more