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Recurrent Throat Infections In Adults
I suffer from recurrent throat and / or chest infections. They are interfering with my life! how can I prevent them?! thanks
Recurrent infections: Recurrent throat infections may be due to chronic tonsillitis. This could lead to other infections, but i cannot say that I have seen tonsillitis lead to bronchitis/pneumonia. On the rarer side, maybe you have an immune deficiency, but i doubt it. I would see your doctor when the infection is present, so that it can be properly evaluated. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?
It is possible: Poor hygiene and poor hand washing with close contact of an infected individual will certainly increase the risk of the spread of the infection. It is possible however that other people do not necessarily have the same infection. ...Read more
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I get recurrent throat infection followed by fever. I take azithromycin for 5 days and it goes. This time it repeated every month. What to do?
Culture/sensitivity: Zithromax, while a good spectrum antibiotic, especially for upper respiratory infection, may be unsuited to your pathogen. A throat culture and sensitivity test to find the proper antibiotic is really the best route. Recurrent throat infections like yours are best evaluated by an ENT specialist, and perhaps your tonsils and adenoids could be the culprit and require removal. Best of luck. ...Read more
Variable: It depends on if you are on treatment/antibiotics. If you are then the symptoms should resolve in about a week. If you are not then you need someone to look in your ear to determine the cause. ...Read more
How long can azithromycin be taken safely?[for long term treatment]
if one has recurrent sinus +chest +throat infection in one go?
Months: There are certain chronic infections that are very difficult to treat, an dpeople can be on antibiotic regimens that include Azithromycin for over a year. People need to be monitored to make sure their white blood cells, liver, and kidneys are ok, but Azithromycin tends to be a relatively safe antibiotic. The question is whether other interventions in addition to antibiotics will help. ...Read more
What is the daily dosage of doxycycline in case of ear/throat infection for female underweight adult with 93 lbs? I have been taking 200 mg/day. Ok?
Adult. left ear - outer and middle ear infection. Taking meds. Pain is worse and severe. Pain spread to throat and side of head. Do I need to go to ER?
Check first: Contact the doctor who prescribed the current treatment and explain the change in your condition. The ER is always "open," but being seen by the same doctor who treated the original condition is usually more helpful. ...Read more
I have recurrent loise motion with recurrent troat infection and candid infection on buttocks so plz what is diagnosis and treatment?
Repeat question: i did not understand the first part of your question can you rephrase your question ...Read more
Lymph node rxns: This is likely a normal lymph node which typically swell in response to a stimulation derived from germs, bites or irritation of the skin (or throat)in their region. In most these are benign, with gradual enlargement followed by return to normal. Those in the head & neck are superficial & obvious.Failure to shrink within 3 wks may require add'l workup.Clarify issues with your Dr. ...Read more
Many possibilities: Inadequate therapy, re-exposure or frequent exposure to persons with causative organisms (like schoolteachers), changes in immune function, chronic tonsillar infection, and so on and so on. ...Read more
Can't answer..: ..Without knowing you. It could be you have enlarged tonsils that harbor infection. It could be you have poor sleep/exercise/dietary habits that lead to increased susceptibility. There are lots of reasons this could be, and they are best discussed with your doctor who knows you. ...Read more
Throat Infections: Greetings. The treatments for your infections would be determined by what was the cause of these infections. Was it a fungal, viral or bacterial infection? These would be the most common types. To help rid of all infections, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, wash your hands and gargle if you feel a throat infection is present. See your doctor if you feel it's getting worse. ...Read more
Do you smoke? Do you: Have allergies? Do you have a chronic illness that impacts your immune system? I would encourage a medical evaluation to explore this further. ...Read more
Pharyngitis: The answer is "no." throat infections do not come from overuse of the vocal cords. Hoarseness may come from swelling and inflammation of the vocal cords with overuse, and this will make your voice sound just like it would if you had the viral upper respiratory infection called "laryngitis, " and your throat may ache as well deep down. ...Read more
Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more
For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Throat infection: Throat infection can cause a lot of possible symptoms. Not everybody gets all of them, but your likely to get at least some of them. One of the most common symptoms is sore throat. This isn't universal, but it's close. Redness of the throat, white pus on the tonsils or throat are common. Swelling of the tonsils and/or the soft tissues, fevers, difficulty/painful swallowing and bad breath. ...Read more
Very bad: if your throat infection isn't properly treated with antibiotics. Complications can occur when the strep infection spreads to other parts of the body and causes other infections, such as an ear or sinus infection or an abscess near the tonsils (peritonsillar abscess). Complications can also result in your immune system attacking itself and causing serious conditions such as rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Might temporarily: Help w pain. F you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
Yes: THe dose is usually four times a day for 7-10 days. ...Read more
Tonsil/Throat Infect: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more
I have read that if you tough strep throat out your body could build up natural immunity. What are the pro’s and con’s of not treating strep throat and likelihood of contracting other infections ? Also how likely is it that you would build immunity?
Treat strep!: You don't want rheumatic heart disease. There are several species of strep After you have one species, it is true that you are immune to that species. It does not mean that it did not give you rheumatic heart disease first. And it does not mean you are less likely to get the other species os strep. So take your antibiotic for all 10 days (Less days won't prevent rheumatic fever). ...Read more
Many sore throats are caused by a viral illness, such as:
the common cold, the most common type of viral infection.
Infection of the voice box (laryngitis).
Mononucleosis (mono, "the kissing disease"), a viral infection that tends to cause a persistent sore throat.
Other viral infections, such as mumps, herpangina, or influenza. Can also cause sore throat. ...Read more
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