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Doctor insights on: Viral Illness In Past 3 Weeks

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Is it possible to have a viral illness that lasts 8 weeks or more?

Is it possible to have a viral illness that lasts 8 weeks or more?

Not likely: If you have been ill for this duration of time you should go see a doctor. Hope this clears up quickly. ...Read more

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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


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How long can a fever last in a toddler with a viral illness? It comes and goes. Fever began 3 days ago.

How long can a fever last in a toddler with a viral illness? It comes and goes. Fever began 3 days ago.

Up to a week: Many viral illnesses that would last 24-48 hr in an adult will remain symptomatic in toddlers for a week. As long as they keep up with their fluid needs (wet at least every 6-8 hr) their system will usually self heal. A worsening of symptoms or change in behaviors may indicate a new secondary infection requiring a recheck. ...Read more

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Viral illness? In 3 ex-preemie bpders. Chest pain- lower lungs/diaphram? Temps 99-101. Rhonchorous, some whz. How many days b4 cxr is reasonable?

Viral illness? In 3 ex-preemie bpders. Chest pain- lower lungs/diaphram? Temps 99-101. Rhonchorous, some whz. How many days b4 cxr is reasonable?

Pneumonia: Need more info, particularly the age of these kids. Generally they should be seen and examined and if abnormalities by exam then cxr is a reasonable follow-up procedure. If they are being seen by a pediatrician, follow their guidance. Good luck and hope they are better soon. ...Read more

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Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related? Cancer?

Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related?  Cancer?

Globus sensation?: Do you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." Alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms," dysmotility, or inflammation. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation ...Read more

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Can you still have an ongoing fever with a viral illness?

Can you still have an ongoing fever with a viral illness?

Viral illness: Yes as long as you have an active viral illness your fever can persist. Make sure you have been checked out by your doctor to make sure you don't have a bacterial cause for the fever. ...Read more

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Ok so probable viral illness. Is this common this time of year? I need to be very well by monday. Whats the best treatment?

Ok so probable viral illness. Is this common this time of year? I need to be very well by monday. Whats the best treatment?

The best....: Treatment will depend on the diagnosis and for that you need to be examined by an md. Call you family physician. I want you to be well by monday too. ...Read more

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What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

What is the most common respiratory viral illness?

Rhinovirus Cold: Upper respiratory viral infections or colds are as you should know the most common respiratory viral illnesses causing hundreds of millions of infections per year. They are caused by a variety of viruses the rhinovirus being the most common. ...Read more