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Influenza and its treatment - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi,
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you
User :   i have a slight cold and cough... fever and loose motion
User :   the cough cold and fever started on sunday night
Doctor :  
okay
User :   the fever went to 100 degrees only once on monday but otherwise it has stayed between 98 and 99
User :   my normal temp is around 97.4
User :   today very slight coldi cough maybe once in a day... mostly at night
Doctor :  
okay
User :   but the fever comes up to 98 or so night
User :   i am taking isabgol for the loose motiion
User :   but not taking any medication
Doctor :  
for fever , cold and cough
Doctor :  
you are not taking any medication
User :   i thought this was the flu but now i'm not so sure. think there may be a stomach infection
User :   no... not talking anything for it
User :   fever too low and cough adn cold not bothering me
Doctor :  
okay
Doctor :  
yes it is the common flu
Doctor :  
as you say which you have contractrd
Doctor :  
which will subside
User :   yest and today the fever only came up a degree in the evening
Doctor :   with minimum or no medication

User :   all day it is at 97.4
User :   why is the fever behaving like this
User :   and the loose motion is still there
Doctor :  
you can take paracetamol 500mg
User :   added to that i keep sweating throughout the day
Doctor :   fever in flu is low degree and not continous
User :   ok
User :   and the loose motion?
Doctor :  
loose motion also can be a symptom of flu
User :   ok
Doctor :  
but if it is foul smelling
Doctor :  
added bacterial infection can be
User :   it is foul smelling
User :   at least it was
User :   after isabgol its not smelling so bad
Doctor :  
okay
Doctor :  
you can stop isabgol until the loose stool stops
User :   stop it??? but the isabgol is what is preventing it from being water motions
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :  
but it will give a false sense of relief
Doctor :  
instead you can increase the fibres in your diet
User :   ok... am just worried about dehidration
User :   what would u suggest as more fibre?
Doctor :  
all the vegetables and fruits
Doctor :  
veg nicely cooked
Doctor :  
and lots of water
User :   ok
User :   so no spice, no oil, no milk or dairy products.
User :   can have digestive biscuits etc?
Doctor :  
and of course you can go for electrol powder or ors WILL HELP
Doctor :  
oil and spice reduced
Doctor :  
only to taste
Doctor :  
yes you can have digestive biscuits
User :   ok
Doctor :  
but dont forget water along with it
User :   ok
Doctor :  
so that all the complication or avoided
Doctor :  
including dehydration
User :   ok
Doctor :  
if the stool is foul smelling it will require an stool culture
Doctor :  
and if any organism detected an course of antibiotics
Doctor :  
will cure it
User :   ok
Doctor :  
otherwise just the electrol or ORS powder will
Doctor :  
suffice
User :   ok
Doctor :  
and salt water gargle in luke warm water will give
Doctor :  
relief in flu symptoms
Doctor :  
and even relive the headache
Doctor :  
if it appears
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Any other doubts
User :   none thanks
User :   goodnight
Doctor :  
okay please fil the feedback form
Doctor :  
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