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I have flu from a couple of weeks. Please help.


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Published At September 8, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 64 year old male, and I weight 80 kg, and my height is 1.62 m. I have this terrible flu from the last couple of weeks. I had three courses of antibiotic Clarithromycin for three days only, and I think that is the reason that the virus became stronger. I was also given two pills of Erythromycin, four times a day and finally Doxycycline, four pills for the first time, which I vomited while going home. I took two Doxycycline pills in that evening, two pills after 12 hours and then two pills once a day at the same time. I felt better after the last antibiotic for 3 to 4 days, but now I feel awful. I am either shivering badly or feeling very hot, and my mucus is currently light yellow in color. I did wake up five times last night feeling terrible. I tried washing my sinuses with a sinus rinse and had ginger tea. I feel very weak and unwell and desperate to get better. What to do? I am sick from a long time, and I have lost hope. It was categorically a chest infection from the beginning. 10 days back, I got my blood, lungs, and blood pressure tested, which were all normal. I have never felt so sick. Your advice in this matter will be greatly appreciated. I am desperately waiting for an answer from you. Best wishes.


Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, you do not have any virus. The virus does not survive in the body for more than five days. The second thing is, viruses are not killed by any antibiotics. You are actually suffering from acute allergic bronchitis, and this requires patience and symptomatic relief. No antibiotics are indicated. The treatment indicated is anti-allergics like Levocetirizine and Montelukast combination daily at night for two weeks, along with a short course of steroids like Prednisolone. However, a chest x-ray should be performed just to rule out any pneumonia. I hope it helps you. If you have any further query, please ask me.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Anshul Varshney
Dr. Anshul Varshney

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