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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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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...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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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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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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My brother s suffering from severe headache lower back ache body ache he s very tired .doctor said viral fever?

My brother s suffering from severe headache lower back ache body ache he s very tired .doctor said viral fever?

Viral infection?: Without being able to examine your brother and get a full history there is no way to tell what is going on, but if you don't trust the doctor go and get a second opinion. Best wishes. ...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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How to avoid viral fever?

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

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more