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Should I go to the doctor?

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  • Posted By: MissPickwickian
  • April 14, 2009
  • 11:18 PM

I have a respiratory infection of some sort. I've had symptoms for four days.

-A productive cough that is worse at night
-Thick, frothy, yellowish sputum with little red things in it
-An itchy feeling in my right lung
-Diarrhea for some reason
-Headache with photophobia with pain centered in the forehead and behind the eyeballs
-Nasal congestion
-Severe fatigue
-Apathy
-Fever that spikes in the afternoon but probably remains around 99 degrees F the rest of the day.
-Chapped lips
-The infamous Bad Cold Voice ("I tink Ib geddig a gold. Can I hab sub tylebol?")
-What appears to be a throat rash (minimally painful, thankfully)
-Tendency to think the room is ten degrees colder than it is

This sounds like the flu, and I'm worried that the doctor would laugh at me if I went in for it. On the other hand, I could have one of those nasty but treatable lung infections people occasionally get. I don't know if I should go to the doctor.

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  • I have a respiratory infection of some sort. I've had symptoms for four days. -A productive cough that is worse at night-Thick, frothy, yellowish sputum with little red things in it-An itchy feeling in my right lung-Diarrhea for some reason-Headache with photophobia with pain centered in the forehead and behind the eyeballs-Nasal congestion-Severe fatigue-Apathy-Fever that spikes in the afternoon but probably remains around 99 degrees F the rest of the day. -Chapped lips-The infamous Bad Cold Voice ("I tink Ib geddig a gold. Can I hab sub tylebol?")-What appears to be a throat rash (minimally painful, thankfully)-Tendency to think the room is ten degrees colder than it isThis sounds like the flu, and I'm worried that the doctor would laugh at me if I went in for it. On the other hand, I could have one of those nasty but treatable lung infections people occasionally get. I don't know if I should go to the doctor.No, don't pack up and go directly to the nearest....what a beautiful name to add to your campground?
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • What are you, um, talking about?
    MissPickwickian 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • What are you, um, talking about?Definite error on my part, MissPickwickian. I apologize.Now...let's see what we can do for you!Best regards,John
    JonMac 165 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have a respiratory infection of some sort. I've had symptoms for four days. -A productive cough that is worse at night-Thick, frothy, yellowish sputum with little red things in it-An itchy feeling in my right lung-Diarrhea for some reason-Headache with photophobia with pain centered in the forehead and behind the eyeballs-Nasal congestion-Severe fatigue-Apathy-Fever that spikes in the afternoon but probably remains around 99 degrees F the rest of the day. -Chapped lips-The infamous Bad Cold Voice ("I tink Ib geddig a gold. Can I hab sub tylebol?")-What appears to be a throat rash (minimally painful, thankfully)-Tendency to think the room is ten degrees colder than it isThis sounds like the flu, and I'm worried that the doctor would laugh at me if I went in for it. On the other hand, I could have one of those nasty but treatable lung infections people occasionally get. I don't know if I should go to the doctor.Hi again MissPickwickian,I agree...it DOES sound like you have a viral infection...certinly could be the flu.The "Thick, frothy, yellowish sputum with little red things in it" is slightly concerning. Either you've been coughing so very hard that you broke some small tracheal blood vessels (not signicant)...OR you're actually coughing up blood, which certainly CAN BE VERY SIGNIFICANT (One of the major symptoms of tuberculosis).Symptomatic treatment should do the trick for you as long as the blood in your sputum doesn't increase in volume. Drink lots of fluids. Take acetaminophen 650 - 1000 mg every six (6) hours as needed for fever over 101ºF, headache, and/or discomfort...OR...use a multi-symptom OTC cold/flu liquid/caps to help decrease headache and nasal congestion. Use an OTC guaifenesin-based cough syrup or Rx. strength Mucinex to thin and move those respiratory secretions. Stay off the computer and get plenty of rest (just kidding re: the first part...just wanted to see if you are paying close attention! DO pay close attention to the "get rest" part).Don't be overly concerned about the diarrhea...unless it gets out of control. It's one of the body's best defense mechanisms at work. Just keep yourself well-hydrated and you should be fine.If you don't feel better in another three (3) or so days...OR if your sputum turns a nasty green color...and/or shows increased amounts of blood mixed in...see your Doc.Feel better!John
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