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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Influenza

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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I have conjunctivitis following a bout of influenza. Is there an over the counter drug you can recommend?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Rx early: Early in the course a medication such as Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may be given to shorten the course of illness. Drink fluids, monitor your temperature and most flu illness symptoms last less than two weeks. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How could I not get influenza?

How could I not get influenza?

Hygiene: Since you can't live in a bubble, keep away form people who you know have the flu, wash your hands, cover your cough and sneeze and get the flu shot! ...Read more

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How many forms of influenza exist?

How many forms of influenza exist?

3: Influenza a, b, c. The first two are the most common in humans. The virus mutates all the time and so a new vaccine is necessary every year based on predictions of what the top subtypes or serotypes will be. The vaccine has two a subtypes and one b. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for influenza?

What do you recommend for influenza?

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

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Influenza symptoms&its protection?

Influenza symptoms&its protection?

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.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I keep from spreading influenza?

How can I keep from spreading influenza?

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

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How fast can I make my influenza go away?

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

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Can you tell me how someone get influenza?

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

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What are the causes of influenza this year?

What are the causes of influenza this year?

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

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How many times can you get influenza each year?

Usually once: There is usually just one strain of influenza that circulates in the community each year. However, there are exceptions, especially if you're traveling to different parts of the world, or if you were to catch both influenza and parainfluenza. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can be the cause of influenza?

The flu: Influenza, or 'the flu' is spread from person to person.... It is just a virus that can easily be transmitted from contact with other people who are infected.... Hand washing and hygiene such as covering your cough are the best preventative methods. ...Read more

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What would be the classification of the influenza?

Type A: Type a influenza is generally more severe. However, there are multiple strains of type a and different strains have different pathogenicity. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: influenza?

What is the definition or description of: influenza?

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

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How soon to return to work after influenza diagnosis?

Wait a week: The germ is spread in your saliva or by droplets in a sneeze or cough. If you get on an antiviral quickly you may feel better & be fever free but the germ will persist until it dies off. You are considered contagious for no less than a week from the initial fever. ...Read more

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What is an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

What is an influenza and what disease is caused by it?

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

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How does influenza get transmitted from person to person?

How does influenza get transmitted from person to person?

Droplets: Influenza viruses are primarily transmitted from one person to another by droplets through talking, sneezing or coughing. ...Read more

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For what length of time do (influenzas) flus usually spread for?

For what length of time do (influenzas) flus usually spread for?

...: 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

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Influenza symptoms appear after 5 hours of exposure a possibility?

Influenza symptoms appear after 5 hours of exposure a possibility?

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

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How do you know when to be hospitalized when you have influenza type b?

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

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What are the chances of my baby brother dying if he caught the real influenza?

What are the chances of my baby brother dying if he caught the real influenza?

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

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What are some facts about the subtype of influenza, h2n3? What is it spread by?

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

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What is the definition or description of: influenza found on rapid diagnostic test?

What is the definition or description of: influenza found on rapid diagnostic test?

A positive exposure: Means you have been exposed to the virus, if symptomatic then have the disease if not can be incubating it. ...Read more

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If someone close to me has influenza an now I am very sick does that mean I have it now?

You might have flu: Your contact with someone with influenza does put you at risk of developing an influenza infection.

However, many other microbes (viruses, bacteria) can cause influenza like symptoms.

Only laboratory testing can confirm if you have an influenza infection. ...Read more

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How are influenza viruses are transmitted?

Droplets: Influenza viruses are primarily transmitted from one person to another by droplets through talking, sneezing or coughing. ...Read more