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When Should I Go Back To Work After A Uri
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
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
Are steroid shots recommended to help get over URIs and ear infections such as otitis externa? And where on the body are they given?
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
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?
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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