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Medicine For Cold Related Illness
None: To be honest with you - none of the listed will cure it faster. It depends on your immune system and the severity of the flu. Both medications and home remedies only give you symptomatic relief. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) has been shown to shorten the flu for about 24 hours, but I've not been impressed with this medication and it is only effective if taken withing the first 24 hours since the onset. ...Read more
I keep coughing even when I am taking "strong" cold/cough medicine. What's up? Is it a lung-related illness? I have had bronchiolitis in the past.
Are antibiotics targeted toward certain illnesses or do they generally fight off whatever infection is in your body? I am currently taking an antibiotic for a UTI and caught a cold, wondering if this medicine will fight it off at all or only treat the uti
Antibiotics, when prescribed appropriately, are targeted to specific illnesses. They're actually targeted to specific bacteria that we know are responsible for certain illnesses.
For example, most urinary tract infections are caused by a bacteria known as e. Coli, and we know that e. Coli is very sensitive to certain antibiotics. So when you suspect or know that someone has a uti, you would give them an antibiotic that is effective against e. Coli.
That same antibiotic probably wouldn't work so well for a skin infection, which we know are typically caused by staph bacteria. If someone has a skin infection, they may be given keflex, minocycline, or other drugs that are effective at killing staph. Minocycline will probably do the trick for a skin infection caused by staph, but it may not do much for an e. Coli urinary tract infection.
No antibiotic is going to treat a virus, which is what causes the typical cold. Sometimes cold symptoms are more than a viral illness, and could be representative of a bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. And if that's the case, you'd want an antibiotic that not only kills the bugs that we know cause pneumonia, like strep. Pneumoniae, but also penetrates into the respiratory tract.
All this being said, most antibiotics are wide spectrum enough to be multi-purpose, but that's a scary though. Think about it this way, if you always use a nuclear bomb against a cockroach, someday that's not going to kill the cockroach. And where does that leave you?
The use of the most specific antibiotic for whatever bacterial infection is going on, typically leads to just as many cures, fewer side effects, and less emergence of resistant bacteria. We've only got so many antibiotics, and we're not developing new ones as quickly as we're burning through the old ones.
Next time a doctor suggests that you don't need an antibiotic, realize that he'd say the same thing to his wife, husband, son or daughter. ...Read more
I am suffering from cold urticaria since six month. I was prescribed many medicine but they don't work at all. I want permanent cure from this disease.
Cold urticaria: So does everyone with cold urticaria, one of several "physical urticarias". It is usually very bothersome, usually doesn't involve the respirator tract and can be difficult to control. It rarely can be associated with cold agglutinins a possible marker of more severe underlying disease. See a board certified allergist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Could: Cold meds with stimulants like psuedophedrine can raise the heart rate and blood pressure. Sickle cell pts don't do well under stress conditions and this could cause an undue stress on those pts sensitve to these meds. Would stick with chlorocedin-hbp wich is a decongest med without the stimulation side effect. Its over the counter and has a pic of a heart on label. ...Read more
Mental disorders: All medications have potential risks. As with any medication, psychotropic medications potential benefits should outweigh potential risks to prescribe a particular medication. ...Read more
Herbs: Several, depending on the type of illness. Usually, antioxidants are my favorite, to boost your immune system. ...Read more
It depends what?: Mental illness she has and what medication we r talking about. Most likely she will have relapse of her symptoms and get worse, best thing have her talk with her psychiatrist. ...Read more
What to do for 2 & 8months old having cough and colds for two days? Any medications for the illnesses?
Symptomatic relief: Colds and coughstemp in 2 and 8 month olds should only be treated with saline nose drops, humidifier and tylenol (acetaminophen) if there is fever. Otc meds are neither safe nor helpful in this age group. However, if the 2 month old has any fever of 101 or has poor feeding, labored breathing or change in color, he should be seen. As for the 8 month old, we see anyone with temp over 102 for more than 24 hours. ...Read more
My gym has a steam room. What illnesses could I catch from other people in there if they have it? I.E. If they have a cold, etc.
USUALLY RESPIRATORY: Ailments and fungal infections of the feet, which love humidity. ...Read more
I was cleaning my medicine cabinet and came across Picolmisone 3mg small white tablets which I completely forgot when/ what illness they were meant to treat. I might have misspelled the name but I googled searched these tablets but can't find it.
Isn't always.: If you have an acute upper respiratory tract infection with mostly nasal conjestion I would offer a drying agent-you can't sleep otherwise. The cough that accompanies bronchitis is often debilitating and should be treated to prevent spread of "bugs".If you have to get up 4 times a night to urinate a prostatic urethreal dilator (relax the prostate)is not bad. Using Estrogens in menopause is often good. ...Read more
What should I take?: "mental illness" is brain illness relating to changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior. As with any illness of of the body, there are things you can do to limit illness (diet, exercise, stress management, life choices, therapy). If this does not control the illness, medications may be helpful. If this is not sufficient, procedures (tms or ect) may be needed. Communicate with your doctor! ...Read more
Very serious: Malaria is a potentially fatal infection with a parasite that is transmitted by mosquito bite. It can cause fever, anemia, brain swelling, lung injury and death. It is responsible for 1 million deaths a year, mostly in underdeveloped countries. This is tragic since it is treatable with support and medicine active against the parasite. It is preventable with measures to control mosquitoes. ...Read more
Ayurveda Medicine has been practiced in India for thousands of years.
Medicines come from natural plants. Probably first medicine for treatment of high blood pressure was from Rauwolfia., natural plant
Ayurvedic Medicine includes herbal compounds, special diets, and health care practices, such as cleansing, Yoga, and Meditation.. ...Read more
If you're fighting off an incipient infection you should try to boost your immune function by eating well, avoiding sweets, getting adequate sleep/rest & minimizing stress. Since your vit d level is low you could take more- 10, 000 iu/day until it gets up to 50! vit a, c & zinc & herbs like astragalus & echinacea can boost immune function. Umcka (pelargonium sidoides)may help:
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I'm often tired these days. I'm less active due to lng work hrs & a move to a less outdoorsy city but I'm only 34. Cold it be something else? Illness?
Get to the club: I had a patient come to see me because he was tired for four months. He recently got a new job working night shift and then was only getting three hours of sleep. He wanted to know why he was tired. Fix the obvious things, get to the health club and get sleep. If you're still feeling bad after a month get it checked out. Also start taking 2000 units vit. D. Welcome to boston. ...Read more
Is methotrexate considered an immunosuppressive? Am I more susceptible to communicative illness on this drug?
Sometimes yes &: Sometimes no. Psychiatric meds are often needed, but not always. There are many things you can do to help your depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat as healthfully as possible. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. A medical eval is prudent. ...Read more
Infection.: With those symptoms alone, one good possibility may be some kind of respiratory infection. These can be either viral or bacterial, so treatment may be needed. ...Read more
Sometimes: Medications are one tool to help treat mental illness, but keeping a regular schedule, having a good support network, support groups, exercise, psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation can all help various psychiatric disorders, and sometimes medication is not part of treatment of a particular person with a particular mental illness. ...Read more
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