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What Viral Infection Causes Fever Chest Pain Pleurisy
I've hade pleurisy (due to viral infections) three times the last three months. Will a flu shot help my situation?
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
YesPresumedMostFreq.: Pleurisy, inflammation of the thin, delicate lining inside the chest, visceral portion covering/outside layer of the lungs, parietal layer lining the inside of the chest wall, both layers oozing small amounts of clear salt water filtered from blood capillaries & serving as lubricant, is presumed commonly from viral infections, however, as a body response, could be triggered by any no of triggers. ...Read more
Can histoplasmosis cause problems in the lungs years following 1st infection? Currently having left-sided chest pain/pressure, cough, no cold or fever
Many: Lots of viruses can cause a high fever - influenza (flu) is one of them. Colds can cause fevers too. So can the "stomach flu" - which are often viruses. Having a fever or the number that it reaches isn't in and of itself a cause for concern. Doctors are more concerned with why a fever is happening. ...Read more
Recurring viral infections in 6 yr old strep/flu negative ,granulocyte count high 65% ,rest of Cbc is normal what are the causes and best action plan?
Hard to say: The average 6 yo is expected to experience 4-5 upper respiratory and 1-2 stomach viruses per year. Much of it is related to peer group prevalence of these viruses and to their inconsistent hand washing practices. If this is what you have experienced it fits the norm.If you have seen more, ask your doc for a referral to the source in your area that can evaluate the problem. ...Read more
Went to docs, told I had viral infection and gave me nystan for my tongue. feeling worse, worse headache, sore throat, kidney and chest pains, help?
Call them back: Your doctor just saw and examined you - let him/her know you're worse. Call the doctor back before they go home for the day. ...Read more
I have just been diagnosed with a chest infection. I have lower back pain, chest pain and a fever. Is this typical of a chest infection?
I had 102-103 temp for 4 days. My physician diagnosed the issue as a viral infection, and asked me to get rest. Fever gone, i now have a sinus infection still, and constant goose bumps on chest/arms?
Likely the 'flu'.: You are having fluctuations in temperature because you are still fighting the infection and winning; but it takes time. Meds like tylenol (acetaminophen) change your internal temperature making you sweat some as it's effect begins, then goose bumps as it leaves and your body temp rises again slightly. Drink lots of water, > 8 cups/d. No sugary food/drinks. Whole foods-veges, fruit, legumes whole grains help. ...Read more
Chest pain. No fever today. Fatigued. Confused. Cough. Runny nose. Blocked nose. Dehydrated. Not eating. In pain. Lethargic. Is it a chest infection?
Could be: Tough to say exactly, without an examination, as you have many symptoms in several different body areas, but the pains in your lungs and the cough point to some sort of infectious process, be it a virus or bacteria that possibly could be getting into your chest. If persists, best to see a dr. For an evaluation to properly diagnose and treat you. Best wishes. ...Read more
How can you tell if Have a sinus infection. Do you have greenish mucus and sore throat? Could be reg cold? No fever cough sneeze slight chest pain
Viral illness: Cannot diagnose you without a history and physical exam, but if you are really feeling poorly would strongly suggest you see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
My 1yr has been spiking up fevers up to 103. I took her to the ER and was told it is a viral infection.week now and still has fever @night.
Not unusual: It's not unusual for a viral infection to last a week or longer, esp. the strains currently circulating. Antibiotics will not help and do more harm than good. Fever is how the body fights infection so suppressing the fever with Tylenol (acetaminophen) will prolong her illness. I advise Umcka, a herb proven to help many viral infections, and 500 mg of Vit C 2-3x/day. Vit D3 1000 iu/day boosts immune function. ...Read more
My son is 5 took him to quick care yesterday they said he had a viral infection his fever is up again I have him on motrin anything else i can do?
Patience: Hydrate, keep comfortable and give it 3-5 days to get better, if no worse than when seen. ...Read more
Have a viral infection everytime i try sleep i sweat even with no fever is this suppose to happen?i cant get any rest
See a doctor please: Night swear is a sign of a different illness please go and see a doctor for proper evaluation . Do not ignore it please ...Read more
I am 25 male..I have pain in my lower right chest pain while i sneeze, its a kind of bone pain? I had viral fever.Last week?
"Pleurisy"?: If getting over a respiratory infection, it may be pain from inflammation/irritation of the lining of the lungs--the pleura. This can cause sharp pains w/movements, cough, etc. Should resolve in 3-5 days if correct, and advil or aleve (naproxen) should help w/the pain in meantime. If any new symptoms, go to urgent care for chest xray & exam. ...Read more
I have just recovered from viral infection.Fever & body aches.i never lost appetite.Now Im recovered last 3 days I have no appetite & feel sick if eat?
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Been ill since Sunday went to doctor today was told I have viral infection feeling some what better fever gone when should I clean up the house virus?
Viral illness: You can clean up at any time now that you are feeling better ...Read more
I have flu (with fever). Is it better to let the fever run for a viral infection, or bring it down with paracetamol/ similar, in terms of recovery time? Thanks!
Comfort: The fever likely will not affect the course of your flu and thus whether you need to reduce the fever or not depends on your comfort level. If the flu has been present for less then 48 hrs, there is a medication which may shorten the duration and severity of the illness if taken <48 hrs after onset of symptoms. ...Read more
I've had a viral infection that's lasted for 3-4 weeks. Slight fever (99.3 avg) that comes and goes during the day, occasional chills and post nasal drip. No other symptoms. What could it be?
Needs evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful response without additional history, physical examination and may be lab tests. If the symptoms have lasted two week, it is time to see your doctor. ...Read more
I think i hve a viral infection, lot of congestion and a fever of 100.2. The fever started today but the congestion for 4 days. What should I do?
Not enough info: With the information you're giving it is impossible to tell viral from bacterial or even fungal. ...Read more
Hi, I have been having a fever with body ache for almost 5 days now. My local gp told me it was just a simple viral infection. Is it?
Mane influenza: But must be diagnosed within48-72 hours for treatment to work. Sorry you were not tester, but if you have no other symptoms you ate not at serious risk, the treatment just shortens the course of the illness and the severity. During flu season., especially when we know there are a lot of people getting it who had the vaccine i always test. ...Read more
I recently had a chest xray during a viral infection. The results showed "prominent interstitial markings bilaterally." what does this mean? Worried!
Depends: Depends on other health issues going on. Chest xrays w/ prominent interstitial markings include a large variety of abnormal processes such as inflammation, edema, lung disease and environmental exposure. A viral infection could certainly explain your xray, however, if your respiratory condition persists, i would follow-up with a physician. ...Read more
21/2 year old ulcers in his mouth , fevers, dr said viral infection but i disagree, what else could be causing the ulcers?
He is likely correct: Those symptoms are consistent with a viral infection that is not uncommon in small children and is usually caused by a virus in the herpes family. ( not an std ). It can give high fevers a mouth full of ulcers, lymph nodes and generally feeling crummy. Biggest concern is maintaining hydration and may need to use a special rinse to provide pain relief to allow drinking. Can last days to a week. ...Read more
I have a fever (viral infection) can I do moderate workouts (with few high intensity exercises) will it help or worsen my health and recovery?
Fever.: I know that you may get varied responses on this. However, i would suggest that if you actually have a fever that you rest & hydrate well. If you had a common cold with just sniffles - i would say go for it as long as you didn't push it too hard. By the way for your dry throat you can gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
4 year old did blood test and ptt level came back at38 but it was also during a viral infection (with fever). how long for ptt to normalize?
PTT: I am not clear as to why a PTT test was done in the first place with a viral syndrome. Can you be a little more specific? Was there a problem with blood clotting? ...Read more