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Nimonia Fever Symptoms
Multiple ways: Avoid going out when pollen counts are high and avoid other things you may be allergic to. Antihistamines particularly the newer low drowsiness ones can help with eye itching and sneezing. Prescription nasal steroids and antihistamine nasal sprays are very helpful. After allergy testing, appropriate allergy shot or drops can make you less sensitive. Mantihistamine eye drops can help eye symptoms. ...Read more
Coccidiodomycosis: Valley fever is due to this systemic fungal infection and can present as pneumonia. In some people, particularly those who are immune compromised, this can become very severe and cause central nervous system infection, usually as meningitis. Most people resolve this spontaneously without major defects or need for therapy. ...Read more
Bacterial pneumonia: Bacterial pneumonia generally has a fever. And a cough, which produces a lot of phlegm. There may be other signs as well — difficulty breathing, pain in the chest (especially when breathing in), & other signs of infection. The clinical triad (fever, cough, dyspnea) is seen a fair amount of time, but up to 20% of the time, you could be missing 1 of these signs & still have pneumonia (& the other 2) ...Read more
1) identify your allergens (the things you are allergic to) — often done by an allergist.
2) avoid the things that you are allergic to when possible.
3) take medications to reduce the symptoms of hay fever (like antihistamines).
4) see an allergist for immunotherapy ("allergy shots") to build up you're immune system's tolerance for the allergens. ...Read more
I have been having a dry cough for weeks now (no other cold or fever symptoms). Any recommendations for what to do?
See your doctor: If you are coughing more than a couple of weeks, your doctor should evaluate yours symptoms for diseases beside infectious etiology, allergy, tumor, collagen vascular disease. ...Read more
nasalcrom, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Nasalcrom spray and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are also acceptable otc meds for this age. Children are much less often sedated by Benadryl (diphenhydramine) than adults, and sometimes it is more effective than claritin, zyrtec or allegra. Nasalcrom works the best if given before a known exposure, like visiting grandma's cat. It also works if used regularly over time, but most little ones balk when you spray their noses. ...Read more
It is good that you exercise. Keep up the exercise as tolerated.
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'm experiencing severe hay fever symptoms, took one 10mg Loratadine tab, got insufficient relief- can I take 5 or 10mg more?
You can, but...: You are unlikely to receive significant additional benefit from increasing the dose of loratadine in a case like this. Antihistamines are often inadequate to control the inflammation associated with moderate rhinitis. Furthermore, loratadine can take hours to reach its full effect. ...Read more
I took a zpac for bronchitis and finished it 2 days ago. I still have a slight fever between 99.2-99.5 and still have symptoms. Could it be pneumonia?
Nothing to sneeze at: Severe hay fever requires prescription medication. Otc antihistamines (loratadine, fexofenadine, cetirizine) help with most symptoms, but usually not with nasal stuffiness. Oral decongestant combinations may be help with stuffiness, but have side effects. Topical decongestants (nose and eyes) should not be used more than 5 days. The best solution is allergy shots by a board-certified allergist. ...Read more
If I have fever symptoms that are improving and smoke marijuana, will they get worse after or will the marijuana have no effect?
Marijuana and fever: There is good evidence that marijuana suppresses the immune system to some degree. So, if your fever is due to an infection, the marijuana will make it harder for your body's immune system to fight the infection. My suggestion is to avoid marijuana use until you are back to normal. ...Read more
I don't have flu or fever symptoms but I cough a lot while lying in bed and try to sleep. What is the cause and what I can I do?
How can you tell the difference between bronchitis and "walking" pneumonia? I've had pneumonia; over summer I got similar symptoms, no fever, for6weeks
Unlikely pneumonia: Bronchitis is usually due to a virus. With pneumonia, you are very likely to develop fever, cough with sputum containing pus and/or blood, difficulty breathing, sometimes chest pain on inspiration. A thorough exam by your primary care doctor is in order, and if they feel necessary, a chest x-ray. ...Read more
Joint stiffness: These symptoms are common with infections/ inflammation. Viral/ bacterial/rickettsial/ parasites can cause these symptoms. Viral illnesses are the most common etiology. Other causes may include rheumatological causes/auto-immune diseases, inflammation following infections but are less common. ...Read more
Todd 1st Febrile symptoms 9mos bcoz of High Fever cause Pneumonia 2nd FS 14mos Pneumonia again. Is that possible he have Epilepsy?
Unlikely: If he had one seizure each time he was ill and has been well and seizure free between illnesses he likely does not have epilepsy but rather febrile seizures. Characteristics include short duration of seizure associated with fever(less than 15 minutes), short period of post seizure confusion, Normal development, growth and overall health, no non febrile seizures. ...Read more
Hi there, today I visited my local nurse who diagnosed me with a viral rash, however I am not sick. I just have slight hay fever symptoms. Help!
Monitor and be well: There are many causes of rash. Some are viral, some are bacterial, some are allergic, and many are of unclear cause. My strong advice to you is to monitor the rash. If it gets worse or if you develop other symptoms like fever and pain, you should see a doctor. If the rash does not go away and you still don't have symptoms, you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more
What could cause hay fever symptoms after several weeks of wet weather, yet pollen counts are low?
Mold: This could be a mold allergy or possibly a sinus infection. ...Read more
Can exercise make glandular fever symptoms worse? My neck is so swollen and I'm trying to stick to my exercise regime but my neck feels worse
Can you have bacteria in your blood without fever? Symptoms are tired, weakness and hard to walk for 2 weeks? Dr did blood culture?
Yes, sort of: We all have transient bacterimia, i.e., bacteria in blood, almost every day, when we brush teeth, however the body is efficient in clearing these bacteria. In people with damaged heart valves it may cause infection. You are seeing a doctor and it would be prudent to discuss these issue with her/him. There may be other reasons for your weakness rather than bacteria in blood. ...Read more
Always had painful contractions on the first day of my menstrual cycle but never fever symptoms. Recently I started having fever symptom. Is it normal?
Can be: It can be normal to have some fluctuations of temperature as part of a woman's cycle. If it is cyclical, it's likely hormonal. If this is the first time, make sure there's nothing else that could be cause of fever (nobody aches, severe fatigue, nausea/vomiting, etc.) It's still flu season and I wouldn't want you to not be treated for something that could be infectious, rather than hormonal. ...Read more