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Doctor insights on: Viral Fever Vs Bacterial Fever

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Had cold: fever, sinus pressure, headache, runny nose. Now still coughing for 1.5 months w mucous. Viral or bacterial infect? Need antibiotics? Which?

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 more

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How can I distinguish between a viral fever caused by cold and a fever caused by strep bacteria?

How can I distinguish between a viral fever caused by cold and a fever caused by strep bacteria?

YOU cannot: Only medical persons can test for streptococcal infection. It requires a simple swab test. It is extremely unwise to leave such an infection go untreated, as it could have life-long cardiac consequences. Viral infections are not treated by antibiotics, while strep (a bacteria) is. ...Read more

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How to avoid viral fever?

How to avoid viral fever?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): If a viral infection is causing fever you can not avoid it but you can treat it with some tylenol, (acetaminophen) a lot of fluids and rest. Fever is a normal physiologic reaction of our body to infection. ...Read more

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Why we give antibiotocs in viral fever?

Why we give antibiotocs in viral fever?

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 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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Hi doc! What is the the medicine for viral fever?

Hi doc! What is the the medicine for viral fever?

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 more

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I was having viral fever / cold and cough after fever our body is very week?

I was having viral fever / cold and cough after fever our body is very week?

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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I have suffered fro viral fever a week ago...And now my father is suffering from it....Will I again catch the fever?

I have suffered fro viral fever a week ago...And now my father is suffering from it....Will I again catch the fever?

No: Once you have had a particular virus, you really can't 'get it again unless it mutates (changes) so that it's new. This takes time so it is unlikely it has changed from when you had it a week ago and you would still be immune. ...Read more

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Hi! What is viral fever?

Hi! What is viral fever?

Low grade diffuse: A fever is usually defined as a temp greater than 100.4 degrees. Saying that it is "viral" means that other causes such as bacteria are less likely. Why? Because a bacterial infection usually has a source, like the bladder, skin, lungs, etc. And follows typical historical qualities and physical findings. Diffuse upper respiratory infection symptoms along with a low grade fever suggests a virus ...Read more

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Can a viral fever continue for 10 days?

Can a viral fever continue for 10 days?

Sometimes: Depend on kind of virus. Anyway consult your doctor after 5-7 days of fever. ...Read more

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What measures to take when in viral fever?

What measures to take when in viral fever?

Rest: Get plenty or rest, stay well hydrated, and use Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen to help reduce the fever and body aches. The fever should start to resolve by day 3-4 of illness but can sometimes last a week. If you are getting worse instead of better you should see a doctor to make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection contributing to the fever. ...Read more

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What can prevent viral fever.?

What can prevent viral fever.?

Overall health: There are only a few things that you can do. 1. Maintain a good diet without sugfar or "junk" 2. Regular physical open air exercise. 3 count every day as a gift. 4 hopefully enjoy love of family and friends.5. Treat eveyone as you would wish to be treated. ...Read more

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My two year old's viral fever was gone until a relapse tonight. Are relapses common at night?

My two year old's viral fever was gone until a relapse tonight. Are relapses common at night?

Likely sampling: If your kid is running around all day acting relatively normal you are less likely to take his/her temperature and realize it is up. When they are not sleeping well you check their temperature more often, so you are more likely to find it when they are expected to be asleep. The time of fever is incidental to the illness, not because the sun going down changes the pattern. ...Read more

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Should we keep warm in viral fever or should we keep cold? Are there any home remedies worth suggesting?

Should we keep warm in viral fever or should we keep cold? Are there any home remedies worth suggesting?

Comfort: When you are ill with a virus, you do what makes you more comfortable. If you are chilled, that is your body's way of saying it wants your core body temperature higher (that helps fight the infection), so pile on the blankets. When fever breaks, you will sweat and feel hot - that's the clue to take the extra blankets and clothes off. Drink lots of fluids, and yes, homemade chicken soup does help! ...Read more

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Viral fever got better but I feel tired and my body has been paining since 2 days. Have exams in 2 months. Tips to get better fast?

Viral fever got better but I feel tired and my body has been paining since 2 days. Have exams in 2 months. Tips to get better fast?

Need more time: Its only been 2 days. Most viral illnesses take 5-7 to fully recover. Sometimes longer depending on the illness. Stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, get lots of rest, avoid alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 yr old has viral fever from last 2 days and has developed a barking dog like cough, is it serious?

My 3 1/2 yr old has viral fever from last 2 days and has developed a barking dog like cough, is it serious?

Cough: A barking dog cough may be croup. A viral infection causing spasm of the airway tube. Visit to ER is warranted to check for any respiratory distress.
Humidified air would help as well. ...Read more

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I was having viral fever a week ago... and now my WBC is lower than 2600. what should I do to increase my WBC?

I was having viral fever a week ago... and now my WBC is lower than 2600. what should I do to increase my WBC?

Live healthy: Interesting, while people classically think of infections causing your WBC to be elevated/high, it's not that uncommon to see low WBCs that are related to infections too. For the short time, just focus on living healthy, meaning eat well, get plenty of rest, and remain active but don't overdo it. You should have some follow up for this in the near future to make sure that your counts improve. ...Read more

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I m feeling tiresome these days. I sleep late n wake late. Also in past 3 month I had viral fever then dehydration and cold. Also feel anxiety. Help.

I m feeling tiresome these days. I sleep late n wake late. Also in past 3 month I had viral fever then dehydration and cold. Also feel anxiety. Help.

Med Evaluation: If you have experienced chronic fever, fatigue and chills for three months, it is time to have this medically evaluated to determine the cause. Take care. ...Read more

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I am patient of rheumatic airtheritus and recently was having viral fever after that I am having accute dry cough. What is the reardon of the same?

I am patient of rheumatic airtheritus and recently was having viral fever after that I am having accute dry cough. What is the reardon of the same?

Many possibilities: This cannot be diagnosed over the internet. The cough may be due to the rheumatoid arthritis affecting the lung or you may have an infection, viral or other. See your doctor and get examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son is 17 yrs and is just recovering from a viral fever, His body temperature is below 98° and his pulse is below 60 for last 2 days. Lofox given?

My son is 17 yrs and is just recovering from a viral fever, His body temperature is below 98° and his pulse is below 60 for last 2 days. Lofox given?

Question: Did not understand the question. Are u asking us if u shd start Lofox (Lomeflocacin)? If a viral fever was suspected and the patient is better now, and without fever there is no reason to start an antibiotic. If he is still not better he shd be seen again for a re evaluation. Or u can write again and ask us what you are worried about. ...Read more

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I had a viral fever few days back and I am recoveri g now. My kidney started aching and though the fever has gone down pain continues. Should I worry?

I had a viral fever few days back and I am recoveri g now. My kidney started aching and though the fever has gone down pain continues. Should I worry?

Kidney pain: I wonder 'how' do you know it's your kidney -is it just in the back area? Have you ever had trouble with your kidney's before? I'm wondering if perhaps the viral infection caused you to be dehydrated, then you might have developed a few small kidney stones in the affected area. Try drinking a lot to flush things through. If it's still a problem, or worsens, get in to see your primary doc for exam. ...Read more

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After a viral fever how can I get full strength?

After a viral fever how can I get full strength?

Time: Drink plenty of fluids, get adequate rest and give it some time. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from viral fever since last 20 days?

I'm suffering from viral fever since last 20 days?

That's a long time: For any virus to last. You really need to be evaluated for another type of infection. ...Read more

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Is this just viral? Fever in 20 month old for 4 days. Will break with meds. Had 2 episodes of vomiting. Should I go to dr?

Is this just viral? Fever in 20 month old for 4 days. Will break with meds. Had 2 episodes of vomiting. Should I go to dr?

Possibly: If he's had a fever over 101 for more than 2-3 days, and not feeling better, you may want to get him checked by his doctor. A virus is most likely, but other infections can look similar. Give him small frequent amounts of clear liquid (like Pedialyte) and bland foods. ...Read more

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My son is 13 month old. He suffers from viral fever after every 40 days period with fever 102°to 103°f and recovers within 7days. Is it normal?

My son is 13 month old. He suffers from viral fever after every 40 days period with fever 102°to 103°f and recovers within 7days. Is it normal?

Depends probably yes: This age child, if in day care, will experience a high frequency of viral infections. This is to be expected. If the child is thriving and gaining weight, there is probably no worry. Again this is extremely common in this age group. Please check with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What food should I eat when I am having a viral fever? I am 22 years old and 85kg. I did intake a lot of fluids and rest but I am still very fatique.

What food should I eat when I am having a viral fever? I am 22 years old and 85kg. I did intake a lot of fluids and rest but I am still very fatique.

Normal diet: With a cold (viral upper respiratory infection), sinusitis, ear infection, strep throat, or other similar minor infection, one's diet need not change. However, it's wise to avoid big meals, greasy meals, and anything else that would worsen nausea or that would cause vomiting or stomach upset. Sick people can handle small bland snacks better than whole meals. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high WBC count after viral fever?

What to do if I have high WBC count after viral fever?

See below...: The high WBC is probably related to your infection if this was relatively recent. You may want to wait until the symptoms are completely gone or even a couple of weeks more after that and then have your WBC count checked again. If it's back down to the normal range, the infection was the reason. If it stays high with not even a mild decrease you need to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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What kind of viral fever can lead to extreme pain in my legs?

Any: Any fever can cause muscle pain. Some viruses like parvovirus b19 can cause joints pain and swelling. ...Read more

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My mom recently had viral fever the fever is gone but she still complaints about bodyache and fells tired. Got all blood work done everything is - ve?

My mom recently had viral fever the fever is gone but she still complaints about bodyache and fells tired. Got all blood work done everything is - ve?

Post virus myalgia: Where did she travel? In the Caribbean Chikungunya virus is known for severe myalgias after the virus, West Nile can also cause myalgias. Treatment for persistent myalgias after the virus is symptomatic NSAIS (motrin), PT, possbilly steroids could also try gabapentin ...Read more

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