I've been sick for 3 weeks?
no you really don't need to go to the doctor. what your body is fighting right now is both a virus and bacteria. white means its a virus, green or yellow it means its bacteria. you have BOTH. The best you can do is get lots of rest. Also drink lots of water and ONLY water. cough up all of your phlegm. You can do this by dipping a cotton ball in olive oil and swab the back of your throat lightly, but don't make yourself throw up. congestion can be cured if you drink Ginger(Crush it in a blender and then strain it and drink the juice) or ginsing tea (don't drink the store stuff actually buy the root and brew it) you can also eat plenty of citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and pumelo. don't expose your skin when you go outside. also when you go outside ALWAYS wear a hat. its essential to wear a hat because then you head is warm.. When you head is warm if gets everything else warm. the pink eye should go away in time
I've been sick for about 2 weeks now with cold symptoms,but cold is not getting better,help!!?
The most visible thing about sinus is swelling. The easiest way to control swelling is to give up water and all other liquids for 24 hours. In 24 hours there will be no significant dehydration to cause organ failure. But to be double sure one can stay indoors for 24 hours. Now if you decided to try it the next problem is that one who is used to drinking water or other liquids feel thirsty quite often. They find it very difficult to manage without water for more than 6 hours. For that follow the following routine. First thing in the morning drink tea (on empty stomach). It should be normal tea not too strong nor too light. One should not take anything with tea. No water or anything before or after tea for atleast 1 hour. Tea on empty stomach leaves a bitter taste in mouth. Resist drinking water or any other liquid for next 3-4 hours. After this the bitter taste will be gone. AFter this there will be no thirst signals. For the next 48 hours there will be enough fluid in your mouth and food pipe. You can eat your normal meals minus any liquids for next 24 hours. This will resolve all health issues including poor digestion. In 24 hours the reduction in the fluids will be about 3 litres or about 5% of the total body weight of a normal adult. Never the swelling due to sinus or cold and cough is more than 5% of the body volume. During this period of 24 hours the lose of water from the body does not reduce even by 1% to offset reduced water intake. The reduction in loss of body water thru urine or sweating starts after 48 hours in most of people. But to be on safe side giving up water and liquids for 24 hours will do the trick. The reduced swelling will give immediate relief from pain. It will make is much more easier to eliminate the cough thru nose without any pain. That will also improve the blood acid levels by about 5%. This makes changes at the cell level as well. Blood acid levels are the first line of defense against the infections. So swelling gone, pain gone, cough moving out, infections taken care of. Now what remains in the body for the next change of season time. Obviously nothing. So it has already given u long term relief from sinus.
I've been sick for 3 weeks.?
it's either a cold or a flu...i don't know.. lots of coughing. my nose isn't that stuffy. I've been taking AlkaSeltzer and Robitussen. it doesn't really relieve my coughing.. :[ what should i do?
Been sick for 3 weeks with coughing????? PLEASE HELP!!?
Ok so i started out with a sore throat 3 weeks ago and thought i was just getting a cold. Then i got a runny nose. Thoes symptoms lasted about 1 and a half weeks. Then I started to feel better and then came the coughing. ITs like a barky kind of coughing, and then i get headaches from it afterwards. My neck puffs out when i cough the barky cough. Please help? I dont know what it is so please help. THanks
Sick for almost 3 weeks but no fever?
Hello, I have been sick for almost 3 weeks now; it started after I decided not to wash my hands for 4 days (because I thought I was too much of a germophobic!) I then got a sore throat on my left side, but with minimal to no white spots. The 1-2 white spots I did have went away that day and have only come back briefly, so they could just be food. I had a major loss in energy level, but the nurse just diagnosed me with pharyngitis. I was still feeling fatigued, somewhat achey, and had a sore throat so I went to the doctor 1 week later. He diagnosed me with the same thing and said come back in a week if you still are experiencing symptoms. I returned a week later, feeling EXACTLY the same, and was tested negative for mono. My white blood cell count showed I had an anonymous virus, but its been another week now. He said he would take a CT scan of my neck, since the tonsils aren't inflamed and he doesn't see pus or anything from infection so he's wondering if it's deeper, like in the actual tissue. But that doesn't explain the fatigue, does it? So, if this is a virus, I don't get it. I have never been sick more than 5 days, and I ONLY get sick with tonsilitis or strep (less often.) BUT, with tonsilitis I always have a fever; there is no fever with this, and thus I don't feel extreme aches, heat, and am not left bed-ridden. I am going to school because of the lack of fever but I don't have enough energy to play any of my sports. Since I don't look very sick, it's awkward explaining to both friends and coaches why I'm not playing. I don't understand how I can possibly be sick this long; it doesn't sound like my previous allergies, and because it has stayed exactly the same the entire time (never felt any better or worse), does anybody have any ideas? Symptoms: sore throat (a little red but that's it), energy loss/fatigue, no fluctuation for the better or worse, and no fever. Thanks, help and feedback are greatly appreciated.
I have been very sick for two weeks straight, should I go to the doctor?
Generally speaking, if you are sick for a week or longer, then it makes sense to go to a doctor. Now that all depends on how you are sick and what your symptoms are.A respiratory infection like a cold, cough, sore throat and flu typically may have symptoms for that long, and with a little care on your part, getting plenty of rest, and you could get through it without needing a doctor’s attention.But you don’t say what your symptoms are, and for that matter, you really should be treated by a medical practitioner. Two weeks is a long time to be feeling ill. And most especially, if your symptoms have increased over this time, then absolutely, get medical attention.This is NOT the place to get a diagnosis, not even from a physician - there’s too much to guess, and someone could easily be giving you wrong information.If it is a cold or cough you can’t disregard the symptoms - you need to take care of yourself with bed rest, lots of fluids, eat well and keep warm - and for cough, cough drops, throat lozenges and warm liquids can help. Ignoring symptoms isn’t a good idea - when the body is sick, you need to nurture yourself, and get medical attention if it goes on too long. Your instinct is telling you now that it might be a good idea.
Is it possible to get another cold if you just had one 2 weeks ago?
Yes. There are multiple viruses that cause colds, and they mutate easily. That’s why you’ll have many colds in your lifetime. Compare that to chicken pox, which is caused by a single virus that does not mutate easily at all. Once you’ve had chicken pox or been vaccinated, your chances of having it again are very, VERY slim. It’s probably not all that common to have two colds within a few weeks, but it’s certainly possible.
Been sick for 3 weeks, getting worse not better?
I know, I know, time to see a doctor. Ive been away at school but im finally home on spring break so im going to call tomorrow. Ive had cold-like symptoms for about 3 weeks, this week being the fourth, almost a month! The first week there was a very wet, mucusy cough with a stuffy nose. Second week, just a stuffy nose and major congestion. Third week, congestion, stuffy nose, and a dry cough. Now friday, i woke up with a sore throat. Saturday i felt like complete crap. I was freezing and it took me about an hour to warm up underneath four blankets and i thought maybe i was getting the flu because i also had a very achy body. And then last night i got no sleep, i was up every hour, sometimes freezing, sometimes sweating. Today im still somewhat achy, throat is very very sore, hurts to swallow. My aunt who is an RN looked at my throat and said i have post nasal drip. I bought throat spray and cough drops but those are only temporary relief. Im going to gargle with warm salt water as soon as i post this and ive been taking advil, sudafed, and vitamin c occasionally. Im just wondering if this is something simple like allergies or if it could be something bigger, since its been going on for so long. Also, forgot to mention i havent had a fever, but earlier this afternoon it felt like i did. I was sweating profusely and its not like my house is extremely hot as my parents keep the thermostat low while they are at work. Like i said, im calling my doctor tomorrow but im just looking for ideas and maybe some relief until they can get me in. Thanks!
Very congested 10 month old...please help!?
It sounds fairly typical for a bad cold, or perhaps one cold on top of another. Mucus can be very irritating to the stomach, and because small kids tend to swallow a lot of it, they often wind up throwing up or having loose or odd stools. Sometimes the bug can be directly affecting their digestive tract too. You should always call the doctor back if you: 1) feel there are new symptoms or worsening symptoms 2) do not understand how to proceed with caring for your daughter's symptoms 3) are generally more worried because of the duration. That is what the doctor is there for. Understand that babies can get really congested and have a hard time breathing through their noses - the doctor won't be too concerned about this because it is so normal and there is nothing they can do about it medication-wise. Cold meds are not recommended for kids under 6 years because they can cause more harm than good. The best thing you can try is to use some saline drops. Little Noses has a squirt bottle that will spray if you hold it upright, and drip if you hold it down. Putting some saline into her nose will help loosen the mucus in her nose so she can clear it more easily. Using a humidifier at all sleep periods is really important too. You can not make your daughter sneeze. Let her do what her body is doing. She is far too young to blow her nose - most kids don't get this until 2-3 years of age, and some even later. The only thing that sounds a bit worrisome is the wheezing - if she is truly wheezing and this is new you should call the doctor again and check that out. Sometimes they do prescribe breathing treatments (a nebulizer) if there is trouble in the airways. Being a new mom is a little tougher and you probably do overreact to things sometimes, but that is par for the course. Anyone is worried when their little one is sick for awhile, even the old-time moms. Just remember that your daughter's immune system is pretty well designed and her body will likely take care of everything.
After being sick how long will you be immune to a cold until you get it again?
Inmunity to a viral illness is mediated by the production of specific antibodies from specific subtypes of lymphocytes. The initial response is the production of IgG antibodies which helps to clean the acute infection and remain circulating in blood for 3 to 6 weeks confering temporary inmunity against that specific viral strain. After that but not in all cases, it may happens that memory lymphocytes get activated and they will produce constantly an IgM antibody which confers permanent inmunity. The problem with flu is that it is caused by a large array of different viruses(more than 200) and some of them, like the influenza virus, mutate very often making them resistant to those antibodies. That is why influenza vaccine is different every year.