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Doctor insights on: Sinus Infection And Flu Like Symptoms

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5 yr old diag with sinus/left ear infection. 100.5 temp. No cough, very congested. Dr said no flu like symptoms or strep symptoms, so no test. Worry?

5 yr old diag with sinus/left ear infection. 100.5 temp. No cough, very congested. Dr said no flu like symptoms or strep symptoms, so no test. Worry?

Depends: How long have they been sick? If it has been a day or two then they may get better on their own. If 5-7 days, then they may need treatment. Especially if they think there is sinusitis, the complications can occur quickly. Either way I would use nasal saline a couple times a day to help thin secretions. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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I've had flu like symptoms for 2 weeks now. The doctor has given me antibiotics for a sinus infection but I'm still feeling achy, breathless, hot and cold and no energy?

I've had flu like symptoms for 2 weeks now. The doctor has given me antibiotics for a sinus infection but I'm still feeling achy, breathless, hot and cold and no energy?

Time for recheck: Most uncomplicated viral illnesses get better within 5-10 days, even if treated with an antibiotic for a bacterial infection. The fact that you're going 14 days without improvement in symptoms is concerning. You should absolutely followup with your doctor- they'll re-examine you and see if this is the normal course for your illnesses, or if there's something else going on. ...Read more

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What causes transient flu-like symptoms rather than flu itself? An infection in body?

What causes transient flu-like symptoms rather than flu itself? An infection in body?

Mainly immune system: Though direct viral killing can occur, causing some of the sx, in response to infections from viruses, your body produces a lot of different proteins to help signal and coordinate your immune system to fight infection, and to create a hostile environment to the virus. Examples includes interferon alpha/beta- this group of proteins can cause muscle aches, joint pain, and fever. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are there any certain skin infections that may cause flu like symptoms or severe illness?

Are there any certain skin infections that may cause flu like symptoms or severe illness?

Possibly: Cellulitis may extend beyond the boundries of the skin either into underlying tissues and create fasciitis, myositis, osteomyelitis, etc. The organisms can also enter the blood stream and create sepsis. You may also be seeing cutaneous manifestations of a systemic illness rather than just a skin infection. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an upper restpitory infection. I was given and taken the c-pak. I now have flu like symptoms. Fever, weakness, body rash?

I was diagnosed with an upper restpitory infection. I was given and taken the c-pak. I now have flu like symptoms. Fever, weakness, body rash?

Viral syndrome: 85% of the time someone with your symptoms has a viral upper respiratory illness and antibiotics will not help. The treatment is rest, lots of fluids, medications to aid the symptoms, and time for your body to combat the virus and get healing to take place. ...Read more

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What could cause flu like symptoms with fatigue blood work is normal no sign of infection?

What could cause flu like symptoms with fatigue blood work is normal no sign of infection?

Many possibilites: Viral infections often produce little to no evidence of infection on CBC, esp. If no previous WBC differential to compare with, may only result in a shift of more lymphocyte to neutrophils than baseline, if that. Additionally, the symptoms are a systemic response to virus, if present; not necessarily caused by virus. As Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body creatures, symptoms can response to a variety of stimuli. ...Read more

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Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more

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Hubby had oral surgery 1 mo. Ago now has antibiotic for infection now getting worse instead of better? Flu like symptoms what to do??

Hubby had oral surgery 1 mo. Ago now has antibiotic for infection now getting worse instead of better? Flu like symptoms what to do??

Infection: Clearly, he needs to see his doctor if he has a known infection that is getting worse on antibiotics. ...Read more

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What otc Meds can I take for sinus flu like symptoms while on Atenolol for high blood pressure?

What otc Meds can I take for sinus flu like symptoms while on Atenolol for high blood pressure?

Not many.: Most over-the-counter meds for cough and cold are not only of no benefit, they can make you feel worse, prolong your cold symptoms, and even increase your chance of secondary bacterial infections. Cepastat or chloroseptic for sore throats (and to numb throat so cough from post nasal drip is blunted), Vicks, tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or ibuprofen is enough. Coldeeze lozenges if taken around the clock may work. ...Read more

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My back hurts. I've got flu like symptoms and it hurts when I push to pee (no burning) kidney infection?

My back hurts. I've got flu like symptoms and it hurts when I push to pee (no burning) kidney infection?

Likely, however: Musculoskeletal back pain is still possible. Since it hurts when you void, I assume in the bladder or urethral area, it is likely that you have kidney infection especially with fever "flu like symptoms". Need to see you doc early to avoid hospitalization. ...Read more

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I've had a 102 fever, swollen glands, sinus, cold and flu like symptoms. I'm going on fourth week with spotted tonsils. Are blood blisters a big concern?

I've had a 102 fever, swollen glands, sinus, cold and flu like symptoms. I'm going on fourth week with spotted tonsils. Are blood blisters a big concern?

Sinus infxn; fever: Suggest you see fp concerning sinus infection with fever and tonsillitis. May need antibiotics. Have you developed "blood blisters"? Where? Or are u concerned with the infection u may develop blood blisters? Fp can thoroughly examine you & treat appropriately. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection cause nausea, backache or flu like symptoms?

Possible: Very unlikely but possible if it's very severe, why don't you see your provider for a pelvic exam and an Urinalysis. Maybe you have urinary tract infection. ...Read more

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21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

Possible vasculitis: I would have an ANCA panel checked, especially with you saying you're having hematuria and proteinuria. There are a few conditions we refer to as pulmonary renal syndromes and they are all a type of vasculitis. Some of the names are Wegener's and Goodpasture's. ...Read more

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Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

As soon: As you have your breathing under control and fevers are over for at least 24 hours. Begin less vigorously and for shorter than usual and build back up over a couple weeks. Activity as tolerated is recommended during recovery especially as it promotes mental and physical health. ...Read more

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I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

See your doctor: That could be acute sinusitis, together with the other symptoms you have, you don't need to have sinus pain when you've got sinusitis, so better run it by your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

How many steriod shots can you get safely per year for symptoms like sinus infection or flu?

Not typical care: Steroid injections are not an effective treatment for either of these conditions. Steroids should actually be avoided with these conditions as they can impair the immune system. ...Read more

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Sick last week w/ mild flu/sinus infection symptoms. Sweated out 1 night. From the beginning, I've had this raised sore in crease of upper lip/gum.?

Sick last week w/ mild flu/sinus infection symptoms. Sweated out 1 night. From the beginning, I've had this raised sore in crease of upper lip/gum.?

Herpes Simplex: See your doctor for a prescription med. Herpes simplex 1 or hsv 1also known as oral herpes. It is different from genital herpes which is hsv 2. . Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including famvir, zovirax, and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. ...Read more

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If I have a cold sore, can I infect my own genitals with the hsv1 virus? And if so, does it cause flu-like symptoms?

If I have a cold sore, can I infect my own genitals with the hsv1 virus? And if so, does it cause flu-like symptoms?

No.: Usually don't.
Genital herpes is caused by hsv-2, a different type of hsv.
But there is a small chance that oral herpes can cause genital herpes (10~20% of genital herpes would be caused by hsv-1), and symptoms and signs would be far less severe. No, it's unlikely that it would cause flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Could I have a sinus infection and the flu?

Yes: Sinus infections after a viral illness can occur. The sinuses become inflamed and prone to another infection. Rinses the sinuses with saline, decongestants and an antibiotic may be recommended by your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

What is the difference between a flu or sinus infection?

Viral vs. Bacterial: A flu is due to infection by the influenza virus that affects your upper respiratory tract (nose, throat). The result is fever, generalized soreness weakness. The inflammation of your upper respiratory tract can result in sinusitis but not necessarily.

Sinus infection is usually bacterial, affects the sinuses around your nose. Results in facial pain and puse from the nose. ...Read more

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How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

How to know if I have mono, or the flu or another sinus infection.!?

M.D. visit: Your doctor may check your sinuses for tenderness. Headaches or sinus pain may indicate a sinus infection.
Testing can be performed at your doctor's office to determine if you have mono or the flu.
Checking your temperature and reporting any fever to your physician will help them determine your treatment. ...Read more

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How are flu and sinus infection different?

Different causes: Flu is caused by a strain of influenza virus. It usually is sudden in onset and causes high fever and chills. Antibiotics won't make it go away any faster. A sinus infection is a bacterial infection usually occurring as a complication at the end of a head cold, so it comes on gradually. Fever is less common, and bacterial sinus infections often get better faster with antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Infection (Definition)

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


Dr. William Singer
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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining your sinuses. Acute sinusitis usually starts with coldlike symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more