Viral Infection

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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Does positive HSV 1 and 2 after unprotected sex with CSW indicate HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old male, and I had sex with a CSW, who was 32 years old. I had unprotected sex with her once last year, and I had protected sex with her five months back. I was diagnosed with herpes zoster four months back. After this, I have done p24 antigen, tri-dot, hepatitis B and...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your query is regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) status, it is negative so far. There are recommendations, and I also suggest getting the HIV test repeated at six months of last unprotected exposure. If that will be negative, you need not repeat the test aga...  Read Full »

What is the cause for recurrence of jaundice every three to four months?

Query: Hello doctor, My brother has jaundice, which comes after every three to four months. He feels very low and lazy, and his body becomes yellow. He also has a fever. We do not know why he gets sick every three months. The doctors say that the number of cells in his body that are getting destroyed are...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. There are a number of causes of jaundice. Some of them are viral infections, (like hepatitis A, B, C, and E), certain medications, obstruction in the bile duct, and hemolytic anemia. Recurring jaundice is said when the level of bilirubin becomes no...  Read Full »

Does a pink rash on the lower back indicate a sign of meningitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a pink rash on my lower back. I had a glass on and put pressure on it, and it fade. Is it a sign of meningitis? I do not have fever or headache. I feel weak at 6 PM, and my neck feel so heavy.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is highly unlikely to be a meningitis. Meningitis presenting only with rash and no other symptoms like headache, fever, etc., is unlikely. Meningococcal meningitis has rash in some cases, but patient will be very sick and toxic. So, do not worry about meningitis. Weakn...  Read Full »

Do HSV infection recur?

Query: Hello doctor, Some months back, I got a sore on my lips. So, I went to see the doctor who diagnosed it as HSV-1 through a swab test. It was the first time I had it, and I did not know about it before. I did not have a recurrence even after three months, but I was told that it is a recurrent conditio...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concerns. It seems you have herpes labialis. It is an infection of the oral mucosa seen in young adults due to HSV (herpes simplex virus) type 1 or rarely type 2. It is a common disease, and in most cases, the transfer is through sexual contact...  Read Full »

Why do I have recurrent upper abdominal pain after eating?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from an upper abdominal pain. It feels like winding as if I am being kicked repeatedly. I feel this pain mainly after I eat. It all started last week, but it was very mild for two days. But, then it got much worse the next day. Then next day, the pain became so bad that ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from an ailment called as gastroenteritis. It is also commonly referred to as stomach flu. The gastrointestinal tract, which comprises of the small intestine and stomach gets inflamed. Gastroenteritis is indicated by the symptoms such as diarrhea, ac...  Read Full »

Is bronchitis a contagious disease?

Query: Hi doctor, My sister got bronchitis, and she went to the hospital, and they told her it was not contagious, and they sent her back to work after two days. I decided to do my research, and I came to find out that it is contagious. I am distraught because she was around my 2-year-old child and me. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will help you regarding it. Bronchitis means inflamed bronchi (the tubes that carry air to the lungs). There are many causes of bronchitis. It can be acute or chronic. A viral infection mainly causes acute bronchitis, but smoke and che...  Read Full »

My 8-year-old son is diagnosed with a low platelet count. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son was diagnosed with a possible bone marrow failure during monitoring for low platelets when he was three years old. His biopsy showed areas of 20 % cellularity. Last year his counts were WBC 13.8, RBC 4.83, hemoglobin 13.5 g/dL, hematocrit 39.3, MCV 81.3, MCH 27.9, MC...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You had mentioned the history of bone marrow failure at three years of age, but the cause and workup done at that time are not mentioned here. Temporary viral infection like parvovirus can lead to temporary bone marrow suppression. In a child, if platelet count remains l...  Read Full »

Why am I having decreased appetite and abdominal pain with a headache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old unmarried female. I am having decreased appetite, abdominal fullness, mucus in stools, dull pain in the upper abdomen, and get a headache sometimes. I have asthma and take Formosone 125 inhaler, Doxofylline, and Montelukast. I also keep getting aphthous ulcer every mo...  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for uploading the blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your renal and thyroid function are normal. The borderline value of potassium can be easily fixed by a good intake of fruits on a daily basis. Coming to your symptoms, I understand t...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for runny nose and cough without fever?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a cold, occasional cough, sneezes, and runny nose with clear white to yellowish secretions for the past four days. I do not have fever or body pain. I am currently taking tablets Cetirizine and Decolgen Forte. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajendran R Nayar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you have had nasal discharge and mild cough for four days, and you are currently on decongestant and antiallergic medications. You appear to be having a viral illness. If the nasal secretions are yellowish all the time, you probably have a secondary bacteri...  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 »


Dr. Rosita Alizadeh Shalchi

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 »

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