An infection caused by a virus is called a viral infection. The common viral infections include cold and flu, chickenpox, measles, herpes, mumps, and hepatitis. Viruses can spread quickly from one person to another, but vaccination protects us against some of these viruses.
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I have been experiencing a runny nose, cough, and throat pain. Do I have an infection, or is it just a common cold?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old. I have had a runny nose for two days, and I even get a cough at night along with throat pain. I get relief after consuming hot beverages, but I start sneezing again after some time. Do I have an infection, or is it just a common cold? Please help me get rid of my issue... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. The symptoms you are experiencing are mostly due to a viral infection. I suggest you take the following medications and follow the instructions given below. Take a tablet of Azithromycin 500 mg twice daily for th... Read Full »
Can I take Zylopred drops in stead of Vigadexa for the viral infection in my eye?
Query: Hello doctor, My eye had a viral infection but the doctor gave me Vigadexa, Flur, and Ara drops and infection has been under control after 10 days of medications. Now, there is no discharge, no pain, no red eye but suddenly my vision from the infected eye get severely blurred. As per the doctor, th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know who made the diagnosis of a viral infection? Vigadexa (Moxifloxacin and Dexamethasone) and Zylopred (Gatifloxacin Topical and Loteprednol) both contain steroids and are not recommended for viral infections. I really do not find a reas... Read Full »
I have pain in the upper right quadrant with high LFT values. How to manage it?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and had a full body checkup. My liver function test showed the following values. Alanine transaminase (ALT) 104 U/L (method - UV with pyridoxal-5-phosphate), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 60 U/L and Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) 63 U/L. I am concerned about the LF... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can see that you are concerned about your laboratory test. You did not mention alcohol or medication use.Increased liver enzymes can be caused by fatty liver, viral infections, and some less common causes.I would recommend you to do a liver ultrasound, and if it was no... Read Full »
What could be the cause for the sore at the tip of my lips?
Query: Hi doctor, I have this sudden sore at the tip of my lips. I am wondering what could it be. I used to have frequent fat sacks, but this seems very different. I am attaching a close-up photo of it. Please advice. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and have seen the attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are having herpes infection which is a viral infection. You should try taking a course of antiviral like tablet Acyclovir 400 mg thrice in a ... Read Full »
I have red lines on the roof of my mouth. Can it be due to a bacterial or viral infection?
Query: Hello doctor, I have red lines on the roof of my mouth. I have had this before, and the doctor said it was just an infection that would disappear. It has been a few years, and I have red lines again. This time, there is more. Maybe a bacterial or viral infection? Could it be strep throat? My throat... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question I can understand your concern. As per your history, it could be a bacterial or viral infection, most probably viral if you are associated with generalized body pain and fever. I suggest that it could be a bacterial infection. You need t... Read Full »
Can hypothyroidism cause a decrease in platelet counts?
Query: Hi doctor, I had my TSH 7.59 mIU/L before one month. Now my TSH is 5.9 mIU/L. But my platelet count was reduced to 127,000 per microliter of blood. About two weeks ago, I got RPOC after abortion. Now again I have done a CBC. This time also, I had my platelet count 127,000 per microliter of blood and... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query and hypothyroidism is not related to low platelet count. Giant platelets are present when there is destruction in platelets. Temporary viral infection, dengue, malaria, uremia, splenomegaly, bacterial infection are some of the causes... Read Full »
Can streptococcal infection cause stomach cramps and chest pain?
Query: Hi doctor, I have left-sided crampy stomach pain and chest pain which is mostly located under breast, near ribcage. About two years ago I got Streptococcal infection, pneumonia and bronchitis at the same time. In ER, they prescribed Amoxicillin. But it did not work for me as I am allergic to Penic... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understood your health concern. As you had Streptococcal infection three weeks back, it might have spread to the lower respiratory tract. Infection of the lower respiratory tract by Streptococcus can cause pneumonia or pneumonitis which can c... Read Full »
Which doctor specializes in cheek and throat problems?
Query: Hi doctor, For the last one and a half month, I have been having a swelling inside the cheek and some stiffness in the right throat. Rarely, I have gotten white and red patches. Now, I have one line in my lips and some small red dots, which come on and off. When I consulted a general surgeon, he sai... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to see a general physician to get treatment for this.This is most certainly an infection like mumps or rubella from your symptoms that you have described. It is a classic case with typical symptoms.It is a viral illness and you need antiviral therapy and not anti... Read Full »
I have testicle pain after an episode of mumps. Please advise.
Query: Hello doctor, I had mumps five months ago and after that, I started to have an infection in my left testes. It was swollen and now it has shrunk to almost half the size of the other one. As I am sexually active, I feel a pain in each of the vas deferens after sex. If I do not have sex for days, the... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You had mumps and this is a viral infection known to cause an inflammation of the testis in some cases. Since this is a viral infection, and in most cases, a spontaneous recovery is seen, I do not see any benefit in giving antibiotics. Th... Read Full »
Why do I experience dizziness and blackout with swollen throat?
Query: Hello doctor, For a couple of days now I have been ill and the symptoms are getting worse. First, it started off with a swollen throat (which I still have but is not as bad) which gives me a phlegm cough but has reduced. I constantly have dizziness and blackouts with pulsating sensations not only g... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on descriptive history, I come to the conclusion that it started off as a viral infection (a sore throat) and has progressed to a secondary bacterial infection which has manifested as a cough with phlegm and due to phlegm accumulation in your sinuses, you are expe... Read Full »