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Is Tonsillitis Contagious?

Is Tonsillitis Contagious?

What is tonsillitis? The large tonsils are two oval-shaped areas of lymphoid tissue that occur on the left and the right side of the throat. These tonsils are also referred to as the palatine tonsils. In addition, there are two lingual tonsils located at the base and the back of the left and right tongue. […]

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Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

What causes tonsillitis and adenoid infections? The most common problems occurring with the tonsils and adenoids are acute, recurrent, or chronic infections and significant enlargement (hypertrophy). Acute tonsillitis Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by one of several possible types of bacteria or viruses. Symptoms of acute tonsillitis can either come on […]

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Health Tip: Thermometer Options

Health Tip: Thermometer Options

(HealthDay News) — Three primary types of thermometers are on the market for consumers. Digital thermometers record body temperature through electric heat sensors. They can be used in the rectum, mouth or under the armpit. However, armpit temperatures are typically least accurate. Latest Cold and Flu News Digital ear thermometers use infrared scanners to measure […]

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U.S. Flu Season Ebbing, but Cases Still Widespread: CDC

U.S. Flu Season Ebbing, but Cases Still Widespread: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Though flu season has probably peaked, beware: Influenza is still widespread in much of the United States, federal health officials said Friday. “This week activity decreased a little bit, but flu is going to be around for a while,” […]

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Baby Cough Syrup Recalled

Baby Cough Syrup Recalled

One lot of DG/health NATURALS baby Cough Syrup + Mucus is being recalled due to possible contamination with potentially harmful bacteria, says maker Kingston Pharma, LLC. Latest Cold and Flu News The recall is for Lot KL180157 of 2-fluid ounce (59 mL) bottles with an expiration date of 11/20 and UPC Code 8 54954 00250 […]

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How Long Is a Cold or Flu Contagious?

How Long Is a Cold or Flu Contagious?

How long is a cold or flu contagious? Both colds and the flu are contagious and are caused by viruses. However, the viruses that cause colds (for example, rhinoviruses) are not the same as those that cause the flu (influenza viruses). Although the typical incubation period for influenza is about one to four days, some […]

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pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23, Pnu-Imune 23)

pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23, Pnu-Imune 23)

What is pneumococcal vaccine-injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Pneumococcal vaccine is used for prevention of pneumonia. This pneumococcal vaccine contains chemicals (polysaccharides) extracted from 23 types of Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. Upon injecting pneumococcal vaccine, our body recognizes these chemical as foreign and produces antibodies to destroy the chemicals. Antibodies are blood […]

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chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz

chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz

What is chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Tussionex is a combination of an antihistamine that blocks allergic reactions and reduces the production of mucus (chlorpheniramine), and a narcotic that relieves pain and cough (hydrocodone). Tussionex is a liquid that slowly releases the chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone after it is ingested. […]

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oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

What is oseltamivir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Oseltamivir is an oral medication used for treating and preventing the “flu.” It is similar to zanamivir (Relenza). Oseltamivir suppresses and decreases the spread of influenza A and B viruses, the viruses responsible for the flu. It does this by blocking the action of […]

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clarithromycin, Biaxin

clarithromycin, Biaxin

What is clarithromycin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Clarithromycin is a semi-synthetic macrolide antibiotic chemically related to erythromycin and azithromycin (Zithromax). It is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, such as Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and mycobacterium avium, and many others. Like all macrolide antibiotics, clarithromycin prevents […]