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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Common Cold
Common Cold [posted 12/08/98]
Answer: Probably ok if kept in a controlled temperature environment. But, the technical expiration dates for most of these are a year.
Answer: Currently, theres nothing better than rest, plenty of fluids, something for fever, and chicken soup.
Answer: You have been on two good broad spectrum antibiotics. I suspect that this is a virus and only time and rest will help. However, you could have a variation of mild asthma and chronic bronchitis, which will take longer antibiotic treatment and possible inhalers. Bring this possibility to your physician. This is very possible if you have ever had any trace of asthma.
Answer: Many cold remedy medications, both prescription, as well as over the counter/non-prescription, contain a medication known as pseudepherine, which is in the same family of chemical as the adrenaline (epinephrine) produced by our own adrenal glands. This cold remedy formula has many effects. Among them are the constriction of small blood vessels- the idea being to constrict the blood vessels of the inflamed nasal lining and sinus lining, and thus reduce the symptoms of a cold, or congestion. However, other effects, including those on blood pressure include heart rate and force of contraction, are also important, and can readily interact with similar effects from other medications. These other medications, as stated on medication packaging includes those used to treat thyroid disorders, hypertension, and heart disease. If you are taking medications for these conditions, you should take cold remedy medications only on the advice, and under the supervision of, your physician.
Answer: Any involvement with his tonsils? This is a common problem in this age group and although less frequent than 30 years ago, tonsillectomy for removing diseased tonsils is often helpful in reducing or eliminating recurrent infections.
Answer: The time to lack of infectivity of most oral viral infections tends to be about 7-10 days. However, these studies were performed in patients with intact immune systems. I'd guess it'd be similar for you, but wait until her symptoms are absent, or use a barrier mask.
Answer:I usually don't recommend any specific treatment other than either aspirin or Tylenol, certainly, no antibiotics.
Answer: Your body alternates the nostril through which you breath on a regular basis. When you are sick you notice it; because you have more trouble breathing. It's hard to know if colored phlegm means a bacterial source versus a virus. We certainly treat it that way-probably based on the fact that some bacteria produce color as they reproduce and anaerobic infections also produce color(something a virus isn't).
Answer: Sounds like your physician missed the diagnosis. This sounds like an
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