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Lingering Heachaches Flu
Flu Contagious.: On average, most people are contagious from one day prior to the onset of symptoms until about 7 days later. ...Read more
See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more
Aftr my 8yo kid had flu last march, she stil has lingering cough that comes every now and then esp when her nose is wet. Pls advise y her cough won't go?
Had the flu in December which turned to bronchitis. Treated for bronchitis but still have lingering cough. How can I get rid of the cough?
Time and Rx?: When was the last time you had a follow up appointment with your doctor? Have they given you cough suppressants like benzonatate (Tessalon) that you can take with OTC guaifenesin which works well for a lot of people and is non-sedating. If it's so bad you can't work or function well or sleep there's the possibility of codeine at night but that's a discussion for your doc. Time is the ultimate factor ...Read more
Had flu couple weeks ago and sense then I've had the lingering fatigue and it's horrible I'm always tired. What should I do? I also get enough sleep.
See integrative MD: Unfortunately this is not uncommon; while you will probably improve within a few weeks, some people develop chronic fatigue after flu-like illness. Sometimes this can activate a latent infection like Lyme disease. Continue to rest, have a healthy diet, avoid sweets, take quality multivit., Vit. C 1000 mg 3-4/day, Niacinamide 500 mg 3x/day, immune-boosting herbs like andrographis, cordyceps. See comment: ...Read more
I had cold /flu symptoms for 2 weeks was good for 1 week with a lingering cough now I have sinus pressure a bad cough again with phlegm and seems weir?
I just got over the flu, but have a lingering cough that's pretty harsh. My lower abdomen now hurts rite above my waist line appendix or muscle?
Common problem: It is common after a viral infection resolves, that a cough may linger. It generally resolves within 8 weeks and is called a post-viral cough (duh). To cough, you use abdominal muscles but with excessive coughing these become sore. If a fever returns, fatigue continues, productive cough or breathing difficulties develop, see a doctor. A mild pneumonia/bronchitis can follow viral infections. ...Read more
I had a sore throat and flu symptoms for about three days last week. Feeling much better now but have lingering sinusitis. Can I start exercising again?
I have a fever, sweats, nightmares and now pain in my side. Though it was the flu. Drenched in sweat and my skin is hot. Doctor? I have had a lingering bladder problem for two months and took cipro two times, but now I just take cranberry pills. Starting
May help: Suggest vitamin c up to 10, 000 mg per day but divide it up. Vitamin c is why cranberry helps. If you get diarrhea on this dose then lower it, diarrhea is a sign that you have little to much of vitamin c. Also you may need another antibiotic but use probiotics to balance your system and avoid getting a yeast infection. ...Read more
My daughter had the flu and it seems to be over but still has a low grade fever of 99.5, and a mild sore throat. Why would 99.5 still be lingering?
Not a fever: I know we are all taught growing up that a normal temperature is 98.6, but that's an average. In the world of pediatrics anything less than 100.4 is considered within normal range. While you may be used to your child having a temperature lower than her current 99.5 it's still considered okay. ...Read more
Lingering flu-like symtoms for 1 month. Sore throat w/ mucus & headache at times. May feel better in temp/cooler climate. Impr. Ventilation in bedrom?
Influenza symptoms: Seasonal flu (influenza) symptoms include some of the following: fever with or without feeling chills; cough, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, muscle aches, body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness). Sick children sometimes also have some vomiting or diarrhea. Usually, a sick person will be out of school or work for about a week, so it is better to get vaccinated to avoid the sickness. ...Read more
Antiviral medication: If you have the flu hydrate well with water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illnes. ...Read more
Depends on cause...: A cold caused by cold viruses is usually left alone, or one can try over-the-counter cold medications. The flu caused by influenza viruses is treated by antiviral drugs and cold medications. A sore throat is tested to see if it is strep throat. If strep, antibiotics are needed (if not strep, the sore throat may be due to "cold viruses" or another cause). This all may mean seeing a doctor. ...Read more
Get vaccination for flu.
What you are getting is common cold, not flu.
It is good that you exercise, but do not do it so intensely that your risk hurting yourself.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I have had flu for over 2 weeks now. Self- medicated too. If it persists, what are the next steps?
Flu symptoms: If you have had symptoms for two weeks, likely something other than flu. You should be seen. ...Read more
I think I have H3N2 flu. What can I do to minimize the symptoms and what is the normal length of illness?
Sick for a week: Nobody really knows when one person stops being contagious with influenza (with or without Tamiflu treatment). One week out from the start of the illness (one can count from the first day of fever, aches, or cough) is safe, unless a person had a more severe illness or still has a lot of cough. In a more severe case, one can wait longer, such as until 3 days after no fever nor excessive cough. ...Read more
Keep reading healthy adults and children dying from flu. How is this even happening? Why does it happen to some healthy people?
Severity of disease: The epidemic flu that sweeps the country every year causes very severe symptoms usually makes healthy people sick for a week or more. Most healthy people do recover, but, if the infection is very strong, and people get bacterial complications that Infect various parts of the body, and they don't get to the proper medical services in time, they die from the complications. The flu shot may help prevent or at least reduce the severity of the disease. ...Read more
How long is flu in the air? Can you get it sitting in a waiting room if you are the only person there but sick people had been there before you?
Droplet infection: Is pervasive and YES it is in the air, especially in confined spaces like a waiting room. ...Read more
Tough Flu Season:
This has been a tough Influenza season. The vaccine wasn't a great match to what has been circulating. Additionally Influenza-A was prevalent early in the season, and now Influenza-B is becoming more common!
See a doctor soon (in 48 hours or less) if you have severe symptoms. ...Read more
Antiviral: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Alves: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
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