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Doctor insights on: Why Is Osteoarthritis Worse During Flu

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more


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Upper dose limit for baby 1.5yo, 11kg. Tablet: Losec Current dose: 1tab/day ~4pm Reflux (cough) worse during teething / flu / - cry/stir night time.

Upper dose limit for baby 1.5yo, 11kg.
Tablet: Losec
Current dose: 1tab/day ~4pm
Reflux (cough) worse during teething / flu / - cry/stir night time.

Depends on factors: How much drug should be used depends on age, weight, symptoms, duration of use, etc... In the U.S., we have Nexium (esomeprazole), where the recommended dose for a 24-lb toddler is about 10 mg each day, for short-term use. Not sure if Losec (omeprazole) is approved for infants or toddlers in the U.S., but studies in adults suggest that the two drugs can be used in similar doses in adults. ...Read more

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Hot flashes during flu good or bad?

Hot flashes during flu good or bad?

Uncertain: If you have the "flu" (which i would not just assume given that this is not flu season) and you are having hot flashes (which might represent fevers) then i would suggest that evaluation by your doctor for a source of infection would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Is a cold worse than the flu in some ways?

Is a cold worse than the flu in some ways?

Not usually: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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How can you stop the minor flu symptoms from getting worse?

How can you stop the minor flu symptoms from getting worse?

Flu: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Is a u.S. Flu shot effective when planning to stay overseas during the winter?

It's about strains: The flu vaccine is likely to have protective benefits everywhere. Even if strains are different in different world regions, there should be enough crossover to be effective. ...Read more

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When is it time to go see a dr during the flu? Been having 40C temps for 3 days now.

When is it time to go see a dr during the flu? Been having 40C temps for 3 days now.

3 to 5 days.: Flu is a viral illness and technically it can last upto 15 days. What we want to see is if besides fever you have other symptoms like cough, nausea or vomiting, headache or bodyache.

If nothing besides fever then wait a few more day, otherwise go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is usa flu shot effective when planning to stay overseas during the winter?

Hoping you can tell me, is usa flu shot effective when planning to stay overseas during the winter?

Depends.: It should work in the same season in the same (northern vs southern) hemisphere, but crossing the equator might put you in a different epidemic situation. ...Read more

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How to know if I just have the flu or is it something worse?

How to know if I just have the flu or is it something worse?

Flu vs pneumonia: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” If you are having difficulty breathing & /or chest pain - might have pneumonia.
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Feel like I have the flu or something worse but took my temp and it was 95.3? Should i be concerned ?

Feel like I have the flu or something worse but took my temp and it was 95.3? Should i be concerned ?

Not influenza: "flu" is a broad term used to describe "influenza" and similar illnesses. Influenza usually causes high fever (often 102f and above). You do not have influenza. You may have "flu". ...Read more

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Which strain of the flu is worse? Flu b or flu a

Which strain of the flu is worse?  Flu b or flu a

Flu A: Influenza A is generally worse than influenza B.
Get flu vaccine.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How long does nausea during flu last?

How long does nausea during flu last?

Stomach Flu?: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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How can you protect your health during flu season?

How can you protect your health during flu season?

To Avoid Flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash with warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces. Stay away from people who are ill. To avoid flu – get your flu shot each year. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the key to avoiding cold and flu germs during winter?

Prevention: Prevention- stay away from people who are ill. Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly. Don’t touch your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands unless they are clean. ...Read more

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I have a bad flu right now. Can I take Theraflu during the day and Nyquil at night?

I have a bad flu right now. Can I take Theraflu during the day and Nyquil at night?

Yes: As long as you follow recommendations on the box and don't combine the meds. So if each medicine allowed every 6 hours, you can take theraflu 3 times and NyQuil one time. Do not double Tylenol (acetaminophen) which almost always a component of this pills, it can be toxic. ...Read more

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Exercise: what are your tips for avoiding unwanted cold and flu germs during winter?

Exercise: what are your tips for avoiding unwanted cold and flu germs during winter?

Wipe machines down : Wipe machines before and after. Be generous with alcohol wipes and wash your hands at the end of your workout. ...Read more

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Does running make osteoarthritis worse?? Im afraid that it will make the cartilage looses more.

Does running make osteoarthritis worse??  Im afraid that it will make the cartilage looses more.

Plus and minus.: We say that exercise is beneficial for osteoarthritis, but running is tough on the hips, knees and ankles. Try less impactful exercise like stationary cycling or swimming, along with light weight training for the muscles that surround the weakened joints. ...Read more

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How effective will the flu shot be this year? I've read the reports on the news but I feel they always make things sound worse.

How effective will the flu shot be this year? I've read the reports on the news but I feel they always make things sound worse.

Flu season: We are not going to know until the season is over. The vaccine is usually prepared on a prediction and awareness and timely assessment and treatment remain key. ...Read more

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I have symps of meningitis and tested neg for flu. Symps not worsening or going away, but i teach kinder. Get further testing or teach Monday ?

I have symps of meningitis and tested neg for flu. Symps not worsening or going away, but i teach kinder.  Get further testing or teach Monday ?

Doc there makes cal: Obviously, if you feel you have something contagious then, you should present yourself to medical attention for diagnosis and clearance or medical justification to be off from your job. Nobody on a telemedicine network could possibly tell you whether you were in a contagious state or not since we cannot examine you physically. ...Read more

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How much weight can a 44lb 7yr old lose during illness before indicating need to go in? Just keep hydrating & no worry?? (1lb+down in 10days) Flu-like

How much weight can a 44lb 7yr old lose during illness before indicating need to go in? Just keep hydrating & no worry?? (1lb+down in 10days) Flu-like

Probably good idea..: to get seen. Hydration is very important, and the expectation is that the appetite should rebound soon. If he's still experiencing fever or severe symptoms I'd still recommend getting him seen. If the symptoms are resolving you can monitor a bit longer. If the weight loss exceeds 5% (2.3 lbs) then that would be another reason to get seen. ...Read more

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Flu and excess mucus during pregnancy?

Flu and excess mucus during pregnancy?

Well, you: Gotta try some tamiflu (oseltamivir) if it's bad, call ur doc and u may wanna get covered with some zithromax to prevent pneumonia and consider some IV fluids, call ur doc, ask about tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more

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Is there a "superbug" worse than swine flu?

Is there a "superbug" worse than swine flu?

It depends: Swine flu can cause illness, but a major complication can be bacterial infection of the lungs with a resiatant staph, we call mrsa.
Unrelated to swine flu , certain other highly resistant bacteria can be very serious especially, if no antibiotics are available to treat the bacteria. ...Read more

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What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

What are things to eat during a stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more