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how do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono

A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Mono more miserable: A regular cold, caused by one of over 100 strains of cold viruses, usually causes a couple days of mild fever, some runny nose & cough for a week, and ... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Strep vs mono: The fact is that the symptoms of these two diseases are not distinguishable on clinical grounds. They both present with severe sore throat (of course ... Read More
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Common : There are a variety of viruses other than mono that cause tonsillitis. Swollen neck nodes in the weeks after would be expected. This is rather normal ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Mgt: Please avoid all smoke exposure, particularly while Iill with a respiratory infection. Viral illnesses may last for two to three weeks, but should you ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Davant
48 years experience in Family Medicine
Cold-Yucky Flu-awful: Colds are caused by rhinoviruses that like the nose. You're sick, but not real sick. Not much fever, lots of nasal goop.Antibiotics don't help a cold. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Touraj Shafai
58 years experience in Pediatrics
Coughing and congest: The difference between a cold and flu is the presence of coughing and congestion in a cold and may be not so much fever. Patients with flu have higher ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Valerie Cacho
11 years experience in Sleep Medicine
Same: Dear Melissa, Colds are generally caused by viruses. Medical professionals define colds by location of symptoms, sinusitis (forehead/cheek) or laryn ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Measles=very sick: Patients with measles are very ill, with fever, lethargy and a rash which starts behind the ears and progresses down the body.There may be a few white ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
A few differences: It can be tricky, but there are differences. Allergies tend to occur in the spring and fall; colds more often in summer and winter. Itchy eyes goes mo ... Read More
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Same thing: Cold sores due to reactivation of herpes infection.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Starr Rexdale
41 years experience in Psychiatry
No big difference: Every year a different strain of influenza predominates. Some years it is called swine flu because it is thought to originate from pigs. Other strains ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Sean Darcy
18 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
Herpes 1: The difference is based on appearance, pain, and drainage. Herpes tends to be more bubble like in appearance to be very painful and drain clear fluid.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rumbyrt
31 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Look for fever: Fever, chills, and colored drainage are more typical of common cold symptoms. They generally last for 3-5 days. Mountain cedar allergy is commmon in ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Check this out:: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Asaf Presente
15 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No simple way: Serotype/genetic testing is the only way to determine this and it can only be done in a laboratory. Symptoms alone are not sufficient however avian f ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience in Internal Medicine
Cold or allergy?: It is not always easy but allergies persist longer that 7 to 10 days. Allergies are hereditary and often specific things trigger an allergy or a speci ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience in General Surgery
Usually by: Its appearance, but need cultures to make sure. Treatment is different, so it is kind of important to see a doctor, who will be able to tell you whic ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be sea ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
Different viruses: The differences are that they are caused by different species of viruses that can have common symptoms but can have different frequencies and severiti ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Kibrick
45 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Anxiety vs. brain: A Panic Attack can last several minutes or longer, and is accompanied by breathing changes, intense feelings of dread, rapid heart rate, and tense mus ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Good question: Some time it is hard to tell. In general, when you have a cold, someone else in the family or office often has one. A cold is often associated with ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Good question: A cold should last no more than 10 days and may include a fever, thick nasal discharge. An allergy can go for days, weeks, months or year round. All ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
28 years experience in General Surgery
CMV: They can occur rarely but can include symptoms similar to the initial infections if you feel this is a possibility than you can be tested and you sho ... Read More
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