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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


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I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying? URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

I've been sick for 4 months, should I be concerned about something underlying?  URI, sinus infection, pneumonia, influenza a. I just can't get better.

Immune problem: You may have an impaired immune system making it difficult to you to fight off infections. Consider an allergy consult to find out what the problem may be. ...Read more

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Hello, my son is 1yrs old and 28lbs. Dr gave him 400mg/5ml for URI & ear infection. Does this seem like a lot?

Hello, my son is 1yrs old and 28lbs. Dr gave him 400mg/5ml for URI & ear infection. Does this seem like a lot?

Incomplete info: Dosing on meds is determined both by weight & what is being treated.If it is a med that concentrates easily in the target, like amoxicillin in a urinary tract infection, you get by with less.In a middle ear infection where the germs differ & require more, you use more.The dose you list could be considered on the low side of normal for amoxicillin in an ear infection. ...Read more

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How can I cure an upper respiratory infection (uri) on my own?

You can't: You don't "cure" viral uris. They go away on their own while you treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI and sinus infection.

What is the best treatment  for a crick in neck that is going to my shoulders. I am recovering from a URI  and sinus infection.

Wry neck: You may have a wry neck as a result of your uri. Lie flat in bed when you go to sleep, without a pillow. Apply a heating pad set on low so you don't burn yourself while you are sleeping. Take Ibuprofen for the pain.It should take about a week to get better. ...Read more

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Gp said my 2 year old has a URI and chest infection (had x-ray) is there anything i can do to make him more comfortable as his cough is really bad.

Gp said my 2 year old has a URI and chest infection (had x-ray) is there anything i can do to make him more comfortable as his cough is really bad.

URI: Sounds like a viral infection. Did your gp provide you with a nebulizer and albuterol for the coughing? We try not to recommend otc cough suppressants for the very young due to side effects. If his cough is due to drainage, you could try some saline drops to the nose and bulb suction. A warm heating pad to the chest could also help as could humidity. ...Read more

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Told take decongestant for URI w/ sinus infection & laryngitis. Won't it make the laryngitis worse? Saw ENT & no vocal cord issues but got prednisone.

Told take decongestant for URI w/ sinus infection & laryngitis. Won't it make the laryngitis worse? Saw ENT & no vocal cord issues but got prednisone.

Likely safe, but...: Seems like you have already been seen by at least one physician and maybe more than one.The best time to ask questions about med recommendations and review concerns is with the physician prescribing the treatment.So i would contact your physician mainly. In general using decongestants may be helpful, or may not. Studies are not impressive. Hydrate, avoid smoke, consider saline irrigation.Talk to doc. ...Read more

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Caught a bad cold while miscarrying. I have fever of 100.1 but feel fine (- cold symptoms) should I beworried about infection or could it just b cold?

Caught a bad cold while miscarrying. I have fever of 100.1 but feel fine (- cold symptoms) should I beworried about infection or could it just b cold?

Obgyn follow up: We can not determine the cause from this information. Consider seeing your Obgyn to make sure there is no uterine infection. Your primary care doctor can check you for Flu and viral illness. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 1000mg of amoxcillian q12 hrs for strep & uri, it has given me a yeast infection what's the best OTC antifungal to treat secondary infec?

Dr prescribed 1000mg of amoxcillian q12 hrs for strep & uri, it has given me a yeast infection what's the best OTC antifungal to treat secondary infec?

Good choices: There are plenty of available otc choices when it comes to yeast infection treatments for women. Many patients have had success with the Monistat 1 (tioconazole) due to its short duration of therapy which increases compliance. ...Read more

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My four-year-old has a ear infection and and an URI. He has a slightly palpable supraclavicular lymph node in one side. Is this normal?

My four-year-old has a ear infection and and an URI. He has a slightly palpable  supraclavicular lymph node in one side. Is this normal?

Yes: Small palpable nodes in kids are commonly found throughout the head & neck,including the supraclavicular area.These can arise from non specific illnesses, immunizations, or local events like a bug bite.These commonly enlarge and shrink over a 3-4 wk period to a resting size between that of a pea or small peanut. Larger/painful or those that seem to have poorly defined margins deserve close eval ...Read more

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Is 100.5 a high fever I was sick with URI for 4 days my temp went down 99.6 but I had a ear infection and bronchitis I feel so much better. ?

Is 100.5 a high fever I was sick with URI for 4 days my temp went down 99.6 but I had a ear infection and bronchitis I feel so much better. ?

Mgt: If you have prolonged fever or a fever spike , an evaluation for pneumonia or other cause is indicated. One such temp reading while you are recovering is probably not a concern. ...Read more

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I have an URI and a Severe ear infection, have been taking Amoxicillon for the last 9 days woke up today with a burning sensation when I pee?

I have an URI and  a Severe ear infection, have been taking Amoxicillon for the last  9 days woke up today with a burning  sensation when I pee?

Yeast?: Amoxicillin and other antibiotics can predispose to vaginal candida (yeast) infections, by suppressing normal bacteria that keep yeast in check. Vulvar irritation and painful urination are common yeast symptoms, especially if the burning is "outside", i.e. comes primarily from urine contacting the vaginal opening, labia, etc. Contact your ObG or the doctor who prescribed the amoxicillin. ...Read more

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I have had what I believe is a kidney infection for almost a week now. It started with severe lower back pain and pain urinating as well as bloody uri?

I have had what I believe is a kidney infection for almost a week now. It started with severe lower back pain and pain urinating as well as bloody uri?

Bladder infection: It sounds like cystitis or a bladder infection. Generally kidney infections are associated with a high fever, vomiting and flank or mid back pain. It can progress from cystitis. You need a urine assessed and cultured. Along with likely antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more

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Have URI and was on clarithromycin for supposed sinus infection. I had two doses then started puking went to ER, got rehydrated and they stopped puking. I can't sleep, I am feeling so awful and still have fever. How long will this last for? What should

Have URI and was on clarithromycin for supposed sinus infection. I  had two doses then started puking went to ER, got rehydrated and they stopped puking. I can't sleep, I am feeling so awful and  still have fever.  How long will this last for? What should

Fever: I would recommend like a nighttime medication for a cold. This will include some Benadryl to help you sleep and Tylenol (acetaminophen) to stay on top of the fever. Night time medications like a Nyquil usually work wonders to help you finally get some rest. Get some rest, hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Had pelvic pain for a week, uri(wbc 1-2 , rbc-nil, epth- 4-6, niter- nil)ultr (-) for hernia (norm). Infection? Pain is better, but worried of sepsis

Sepsis: Medical definition is fever, rapid pulse (>90/min), rapid respirations (20/min or more), elevated WBC counts with immature cells. Any two of these constitutes sepsis if due to infection. Your doctor should be able to recognize this easily if present. Sounds like a simple case of cystitis (bladder infection) and not likely to cause sepsis. ...Read more

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Started with URI feb 23, turned into bilateral ear infection. Was prescribed azithromycin 500 on 3/2 and cephalexin 250 on 3/14. I still cannot hear.

Started with URI feb 23, turned into bilateral ear infection. Was prescribed azithromycin 500 on 3/2 and cephalexin 250 on 3/14. I still cannot hear.

Middle ear fluid: First, zithromax is not a good drug for upper respiratory bacterial infections. If you have a hearing loss, it is most likely that you have fluid behind the ear drum. That fluid can be surgically removed and hearing should return immediately. First, however, get an audiogram (hearing test). If the hearing loss has been present for more than 3 weeks, see an ENT for therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more