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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


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Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Is viral hepatitis a contagious illness?

Yes: Types a and e are spread fecal-orally. B, c, and d spread thru blood and body fluids. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more

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Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Usually not: Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. ...Read more

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Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Is post viral bronchitis contagious?

Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from person to person. Most safe if not coughing or sneezing. ...Read more

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Could antibiotics help viral bronchitis?

Could antibiotics help viral bronchitis?

No: No viral bronchitis has to run it's course - symptomatic relief is given with cough suppressants and decongestants. ...Read more

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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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Is post viral cough contagious?

Is post viral cough contagious?

Probably not...: A post-viral cough is usually due to bronchospasm and residual airway inflammation. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are prescribed to treat this so see your doctor for treatment. Since the viral infection is resolved, this is not contagious. ...Read more

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Are rheumatic fever, streptococcal pharyngitis, and anaphylactoid reaction related?

Are rheumatic fever, streptococcal pharyngitis, and anaphylactoid reaction related?

Yes,Yes and No: Rheumatic fever is a possible consequence of untreated strep throat. An anaphylactic reaction is a severe allergic response and not related to the other two. ...Read more

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Viral fever medicenes , symptoms and preventions?

Viral fever medicenes , symptoms and preventions?

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

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Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Allergy symptoms: It depends on the duration of symptoms, if you symptoms have just started, it can be either allergies or a viral infection. If these symptoms have been persistent for several weeks, then it is more likely allergies. Do you recall if something triggered your symptoms? Were you around someone will a viral illness prior to your symptoms starting. ...Read more

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Is viral pericarditis contagious?

Is viral pericarditis contagious?

No : Viral infection can spread from one person to other but not viral pericarditis. ...Read more

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How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

How will a doctor differentiate viral respiratory infection from bacterial infection? Signs are fever cough congestion, no sore throat - 4 days.

Usually easy: Normal w/ viral uri's to have a temp up to 72 hrs. If u have sore throat it's very unlikely to be strep when u also have cough/congestion (not always the case with kids). Flu is peaking now (in us) classic symptoms are high temp congestion, body aches, +\-sore throat or cough. If u r feeling unusually ill or measured temp exceeds 3 days u should be seen (sooner if u have chronic health cond. ...Read more

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Is measles differentiated from other illnesses?

Is measles differentiated from other illnesses?

Pattern or test: There are blood tests to differentiate the presence of the measles virus & antibodies from other infections. There is also the fall back to pattern of illness. Measles has some distinctive physical findings that differ from other illnesses & a trained observer can often make the diagnosis based on these findings. ...Read more

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Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

By yourself...: In many cases, we don't have medication to kill the viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fevers. Anecdotally, people have used iv-ig, but in general, your immune system has to do the brunt of the work. As physicians, we can pretty much help with supportive management only. ...Read more

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Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Is bacterial conjunctivitis more contagious than viral conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: No, viral conjunctivitis is more contagious than bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis tends not to be contagious unless the surface of the eye is damaged. ...Read more

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Hives (Definition)

A condition characterized by an outbreak of red bumps that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, or other substances). They can vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more