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Treatment For Viral Fever
Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?
See your doc: A lingering cough after an urti can mean a sinus infection or reactive airways, such as asthma. You need to see your doctor to determine what the problem is. An antibiotic should help if there is a sinus infection but will not help if it is asthma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Generally none: Fever due to infection may actually be beneficial as your body's way of fighting disease. Unless the fever makes you extremely uncomfortable or compromises your cardiovascular system because of underlying illnesses, leave it alone. There are very few viral illnesses for which we have effective treatment at this time. ...Read more
I am having viral fever since past 3 days, I have taken erythromycin 250 and paracetamol 500, but no cure till now?
Only time . . .: Antibiotics like Erythromycin only work against bacteria, not viruses. Most upper respiratory illnesses will resolve w/time regardless of antibiotics. Otc decongestants, antihistamines & assorted cold remedies might make you feel better temporarily. But there's no benefit to/from antibiotics. ...Read more
Had viral fever recently but now its good after the treatment but now i have ulcers all over my mouth and throat what to do?
Should not: Antibiotics are over-prescribed. They are totally ineffective against viral infections and have significant negative side-effects. They are given by some doctors because patients insist upon receiving one, because they are unsure what the diagnosis is, or because they may not understand the negative aspects of this behavior. This is happening less and less. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antivirals: There are antiviral medications available for some forms of infection. Hepatitis b and c, HIV disease, influenza, herpes simplex and several others. For the average common cold there is nothing but symptomatic relief available. Take Acetaminophen (tylenol), decongestants, etc. There are many otc products and your friendly pharmacist will be happy to guide you to the best. ...Read more
Best to not lower!: Your body goes to a lot of trouble to create a fever to help fight infection- your white blood cells work better & microbes don't survive at high temperatures.Thus, lowering fever sabotages your immune system & prolongs infections.If you're absolutely miserable you can take acetaminophen but it's better to tough it out! see http://tinyurl.com/pqw26te consider homeopathy: http://tinyurl.com/pzombx2 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
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