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Should I go back to work after 3 days with an upper respiratory infection?

Should I go back to work after 3 days with an upper respiratory infection?

URI Symptoms: As long as the symptoms have improved significantly, I think going back to work would be fine. If you still need cold medicine, I wouldn't go back yet as the medicines can make you excessively sleepy. Feel better! ...Read more

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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What does it mean when your uris smells strong and is dark?

What does it mean when your uris smells strong and is dark?

Not drinking enough: Dark urine is usually concentrated because your not drinking enough. Blood can darken the urine, so can bilirubin. Both can be easily checked on a urine dipstick test. ...Read more

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Is urised for an uti?

Is urised for an uti?

Yes and no: Urised will help the symptoms and rarely cure the problem. You probably need antibiotics. For more info see www. Peedoc. Com. @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Yes: It is a good option for those who can't tolerate a long course (more than three weeks) of antibiotic or have another reason why they can't take the oral form. It can also be used in conjunction with a steroid mixed in the rinse. This might be the only option for some who have chronic sinus disease and whom surgery is not an option (or they are trying to avoid surgery). It is a worth a try. ...Read more

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Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?

Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?

No: Steroids can be helpful for systemic inflammatory conditions or for asthma exacerbations but can have possible significant side effects. It would not be recommended for a simple URI or for otitis externa ...Read more

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How long am I contagious with a cold/uri? Trying not to get co-workers sick and deciding when to return to work.

How long am I contagious with a cold/uri? Trying not to get co-workers sick and deciding when to return to work.

Judgement call: It really is a judgement call. As long as you don't have a fever and can control your cough and runny nose, you should pose little risk to your co-workers. You should wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when washing is inconvenient. And politely refuse shake hands until you are better. ...Read more

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I've had acute bronchitis & Laryngitis since about Saturday and have been off work since. Is it ok to go back tomorrow without infecting the office?

I've had acute bronchitis & Laryngitis since about Saturday and have been off work since. Is it ok to go back tomorrow without infecting the office?

No fever?: If you are free of fever and systemic symptoms like body aches, headaches, etc. You should be non contagious even though you still may be coughing. Just in case wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What to do if I have acute bronchitis, should I go to work tomorrow?

What to do if I have acute bronchitis, should I go to work tomorrow?

Bronchitis: Over the last several years, with bird flu and swine flu, many of us in health care were more vocal about sick patients staying home from work. Bronchitis is an upper respiratory illness and as such, one of your symptoms is cough. Every time you cough, you spread whatever you are sick with, be it a virus or bacteria. In order to reduce the chances of your co-workers getting sick, stay home. ...Read more

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Microscopic hood work-- can that expose to traces of viruses causing uri, how serious is this disease?

Microscopic hood work-- can that expose to traces of viruses causing uri, how serious is this disease?

Be more specific: You need to be more specific about what you do and what safety standards are in place. ...Read more

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If I picked up URI on an overseas flight, should I wear a mask on the flight back through tokyo?

If I picked up URI on an overseas flight, should I wear a mask on the flight back through tokyo?

A cultural thing: I travel a lot in asia and frequently see travellers wearing masks. If you are coming back through tokyo, it would not likely be seen as unusual or alarming. If you want to make a real difference, however, wear what is called an n95 mask. The typical surgeon's masks that I see will not stop a virus, which is what causes the vast majority of uri's. ...Read more

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How can it be that my body breaks down similar to flu and cold symptoms when I work too hard?

How can it be that my body breaks down similar to flu and cold symptoms when I work too hard?

Stress: Chronic stress can lead to many problems involving your physical health. At some point your body does not know the difference between physical and psychological stress and eventually reacts. ...Read more

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Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Should prednisone always work on someone with acute bronchitis?

Caution: Steroids are effective medications at indiscriminately reducing inflammation. However, they have a number of potential side effects such as elevation of blood pressure/blood sugar, temporary emotional changes, gastritis and idiopathic bone necrosis. Additionally they actually suppress the natural immune system. Antibiotics, fluids, mucus thinners usually suffice unless severe airway swelling. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis by my gp. I'm on my second course of antibiotics but the pain in my back is. Not easing?

I was diagnosed with acute bronchitis by my gp. I'm on my second course of antibiotics but the pain in my back is. Not easing?

NSAIDs?: People with acute bronchitis can develop pain from either coughing too much or even from inflammation of the the lining of the lungs (pleuritis) that can be associated with lower respiratory tract inflammation/infections. Otc NSAID are a good starting point for both. If they don't help, the primary md should be notified. ...Read more

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Congestion, chest & back pain, like a cold, but w/ tightening pain in my neck that goes to my jaw. I have chf, but this feels more like a uri. Is it?

Congestion, chest & back pain, like a cold, but w/ tightening pain in my neck that goes to my jaw. I have chf, but this feels more like a uri. Is it?

Angina???: If you have a history CHF and now chest pain, shortness of breath, and pain referral to the jaw-- I would worry about angina ie coronary insufficiency which could lead to heart attack. Need to go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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25w pregnant. Bad cough/sore throat\dr said URI. 3rd day on zpack still not feeling better. Wait longer or go back to dr?

25w pregnant. Bad cough/sore throat\dr said URI. 3rd day on zpack still not feeling better. Wait longer or go back to dr?

URI: You likely have a viral infection, which is why the Z-pack isn't making any difference. Antibiotics don't help for viruses. It's that time of year. Sometimes it can take 10 days or so to get through a viral URI. Comfort measures. ...Read more

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Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

Would you go to work if you had a bad upper respiratory infection?

Yes and no: I'd work if a) I felt O.K., b) my performance was not critical, c) I was hygienic enough to prevent contagion, and d) others were available to cover my duties. ...Read more

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My IG is 0.03. High. I have no cold symptoms. Back hurts, fibro and arthritis. I'm exhausted. I'm going through a divorce and custody. I'm 34 yrs old.

My IG is 0.03. High. I have no cold symptoms. Back hurts, fibro and arthritis. I'm exhausted. I'm going through a divorce and custody. I'm 34 yrs old.

Major Depression: I feel your distress.
Being exhausted and having back pain are symptoms of depression.
See Infectious Disease Specialist for IG level and Arthritis.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy for ecstasy and agony of marriage, agony of divorce process and emotional turmoil about child custody.
Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and symptoms, not Victim.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, Meditation. ...Read more

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4yr w/ staph/salmonella osteomylitis tx: 2wk IV ab & 4wk oral amox- postlab work- mpv 8.1, eoso. 43 2mth p pinprick petechiae on hands ++uri's- worry?

4yr w/ staph/salmonella osteomylitis tx: 2wk IV ab & 4wk oral amox- postlab work- mpv 8.1, eoso. 43 2mth p pinprick petechiae on hands ++uri's- worry?

Question unclear: If you have a 4 year old with these conditions you should have them seen by a pediatric infectious diseases expert. If this is in an adult it is very unusual to see both staph and salmonella producing osteomyelitis in the same patient. If you are being treated and are having petechiae you need to see a doctor immediately and consider having an echocardiogram and ruling out allergy. ...Read more

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M, 41 y/o. During stress recurring pain in abdomen/back/urinary tract, sometimes cold symptoms. Ibuprofen helps, goes away on own. Prostatitis?

M, 41 y/o. During stress recurring pain in abdomen/back/urinary tract, sometimes cold symptoms. Ibuprofen helps, goes away on own. Prostatitis?

Prostatitis is: A. Possibility, but there are others aaas well. Please see a urologist to clinch the diagnosis and to treat the underlying condition appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I suffer from endometriosis. I'm currently experiencing a flare up when I try to poop my hips burn, but now I have this left back pain and when I uri?

I suffer from endometriosis. I'm currently experiencing a flare up when I try to poop my hips burn, but now I have this left back pain and when I uri?

Get checked out: It sounds like you need to make sure you don't have a urinary infection on top of your endometriosis flare up. Go get a urinalysis. ...Read more

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Can a URI cause a white spot in the back of mouth/throat. That is what the DR said when he saw me. I'm just worried that its something worse. Help?

Can a URI cause a white spot in the back of mouth/throat. That is what the DR said when he saw me. I'm just worried that its something worse. Help?

URI PHARYNGITIS: White spot in pharynx in context of URI may indicate a small pustule. If truly a pustule exists, then bacterial infection becomes more likely, such as Strep. Culture or rapid Strep test is prudent in this context. Yeast is unlikely in you. Fever is worrisome, if present. Progressive redness also is worrisome. Soreness of course is a worrisome sign. If worse, recontact the doc. ...Read more