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Additional Information

 How to treat a cold (runny nose, cough, congestion, fever, etc)?:

Increase fluids, rest, use tylenol every 4 hours or Motrin every 6 hours, throat lozenges to keep the throat lubricated, and salt water gargles.   

Consuming fluids is more important than eating food.  


Is it really a bacterial sinus infection?:

Probably NOT!  Most likely it is a viral illness (ie cold virus) and you do NOT need antibiotics.  Follow the advice above.



What to do if I am vomiting or have diarrhea?:

Stay at HOME!  Don't spread it!

Push fluids (water, 7up, or gatorade)- a shot glass full (15-30cc) every 15-20 minutes; despite the vomitting some of the fluids DOES get absorbed.  


The biggest worry is dehydration from:

decreased fluid intake and fluid loss.  


IF you are NOT urinating at least 4 times per day or if symptoms worsen, then go to the ER for further evaluation and treatment!


Sprains

Rest, Ice for 20minutes, 3 times per day, and use ibuprofen 3 times per day with food.  Follow up in the office if not better in 2 weeks.


Muscle Strains

Apply heating pad for 20 minutes , 3 times per day.  Massage and then stretch after heating.  Use ibuprofen 3 times per day with food.  Follow up if not better by 2 weeks.



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