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Posted by: Diane | 2010-09-27

flu symtoms and sore mucles

Husband has been diagnosed with upper respiratory infection and viremia. He was away the weekend and only came home last nite saying he is sore and he feels like he has the flu. Is viremia dangerous at all? He was given a cortisone and a pain injection. Is this just the flu? It sounds very scary...

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Hallo Diane
There are various viruses that can cause a flu- like illness and because it won't make any difference in the way it needs to be treated, we usually do not send (expensive) virology tests to the lab to determine which virus is causing the illness. (Unless we suspect that it could be swine flu in a high risk patient)So most doctors will describe a flu-like illness (fever, sore body, watery runny nose, sore throat) as viremia. The body's immune system usually fights virus infections, antibiotics do not help for viral infections. However, patients can get a secondary bacterial infection on top of a virus infection - this is when you start coughing up yellow or green phlegm, or develop pneumonia or tonsillitis. Then you would need an antibiotic. So if your husband is short of breath, feverish, coughing up yellow phlegm or have sore sinuses with yellow or green discharge he may need to see his doctor again for antibiotics.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010-09-27

Hallo Diane
There are various viruses that can cause a flu- like illness and because it won't make any difference in the way it needs to be treated, we usually do not send (expensive) virology tests to the lab to determine which virus is causing the illness. (Unless we suspect that it could be swine flu in a high risk patient)So most doctors will describe a flu-like illness (fever, sore body, watery runny nose, sore throat) as viremia. The body's immune system usually fights virus infections, antibiotics do not help for viral infections. However, patients can get a secondary bacterial infection on top of a virus infection - this is when you start coughing up yellow or green phlegm, or develop pneumonia or tonsillitis. Then you would need an antibiotic. So if your husband is short of breath, feverish, coughing up yellow phlegm or have sore sinuses with yellow or green discharge he may need to see his doctor again for antibiotics.
Dr Bets

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