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Medicine For Influenza
Depends: If you are bothered by the sneezing, treat it. ...Read more
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
I have conjunctivitis following a bout of influenza. Is there an over the counter drug you can recommend?
Treating conjunctivi: Conjunctivitis can be due to viral infection, in that case it will not produce much in the way of pus or sticky eyelids/eyelashes (this is a sign of bacterial infection). Bacterial infections can be treated with a triple antibiotic eye ointment which is available over ythe counter. Viral infections go away on their own, just wash your eyes with warm water or use saline drops several times/day ...Read more
My child is very sick w/ haemophilus influenza in his lungs. It's resistant to penicillin and he's allergic to sulpha. What other drug can he take?
Macrolides: A class of medication called macrolides particular mixifloxacin it should be sensitive to it it 400 mg IV daily and also refer to the sensitivity pattern they should have. ...Read more
HI Doctor I m suffering flu and my test report show H1N1 is negative but positive for influenza A. What is influenza A any medicine available?
Can my 4 year old take cough medicine and tamiflu (oseltamivir) at the same time? Positive influenza test 4 days ago, lingering cough, fever free 48 hours. Contagious?
Yes, most: Over-the-counter children's cough medications can be taken with Tamiflu, (oseltamivir) but the cough medication may not have any added benefit and will not shorten the course. If he/she is still coughing, I would consider him/her to still be somewhat contagious through those respiratory droplets released by the cough, although one is most contagious while the fever is there ...Read more
I was diagnosed as having influenza B 4 days ago. I started tamiflu, (oseltamivir) and been having shortness of breath since. Side effect of drug or symptom of flu?
Prevention with shot: Prevention is the best answer. Although the flu vaccine isn't 100%, it offers your best chance of avoiding or getting a milder case of influenza. If you have influenza and you've been sick <48hr, your doctor might prescribe tamiflu (oseltamivir). Influenza ususally lasts 7-10days, and tamiflu (oseltamivir) only reduces the duration by 1-2 days, so even with tamiflu (oseltamivir), you won't feel better quickly, but may be less severe. ...Read more
Fast and can be bad:
Fever, chills, achiness, cough, congestion, headache, sorethroat starting about 18-72 hours after exposure and u become contagious starting just around onset of symptoms or a bit before and continue for about 5-10 days. Young children may shed for longer period of time. With appropriate treatment/med, shedding should stop in about 72 hours. Prevention is key--vaccination & handwashing.
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Basic stuff: First, get vaccinated so you don't get it in the first place. But if you do get it, stay home, wash your hands often, sneeze into your arm rather than your hand, and avoid touching or kissing people. ...Read more
Antiviral: 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. 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! ...Read more
Transmission: The flu virus is dispersed as droplets in the air when a person talks, sings, coughs or sneezes. You can than inhale those droplets & become infected. Or the droplets may contaminate an item which you touch. If you then go on to touch your eyes, mouth or nose you can become infected. ...Read more
2014 – 2015 Flu: Season. It is based on prediction. The flu shot goes along with that prediction. Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more
Influenza: 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 and your loved ones. ...Read more
Known as "the flu": influenza is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus (there isn't "an influenza"). Typical symptoms: high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, cough, fatigue. It spreads through the air from coughs/sneezes or touching contaminated surfaces. Yearly preventive immunizations are effective. Treatment: rest, fluids, fever/pain relievers. Antivirals may help if given early ...Read more
...: It’s possible to spread the flu to someone else the day before symptoms appear. Most adults may be able to infect others up to 5-7 days after becoming sick. Young kids and people with weakened immune systems could possibly be able to spread the flu for an even longer time. Prevention is best by getting the flu shot every year and washing your hands often. ...Read more
Influenza: Unlikely. The typical incubation period for influenza is 1—4 days (average 2 days). Adults shed influenza virus from the day before symptoms begin through 5—10 days after illness onset. However, the amount of virus shed, and presumably infectivity varies. You may have been exposed earlier without knowing it. ...Read more
When your doc says: When to be hospitalized is a decision that only your doctor can make based on not only your symptoms but also your overall history and health. In this case, the reasons for hospitalization would likely revolve around supporting your respiratory function. Don't try to be your own doctor. If you're having problems, go see your doc right away. ...Read more
Not much, but maybe: How old is baby brother? The odds are that he will recover uneventfully but may be quite uncomfortable for a week or so. Your mom will watch closely and get good medical care if he gets badly ill, so help her out and be supportive. Hope brother is better soon. ...Read more
H2N3 Influenza: See: http://www. Reuters. Com/article/2015/01/05/us-usa-flu-cdc-idUSKBN0KE1RD20150105. Most often spread by contact with infected people. ...Read more