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A 40-year-old member asked:

how can i know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

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Dr. Helle Lukk
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Runny nose: Anthrax rarely is associated with a runny nose- so if you have a runny nose and typical cold symptoms or flu symptoms especially during cold and flu season- it would be unlikely to be anthrac. If you have flu symptoms out of typical flu season- then you should be concerned.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Statistics: Statistically, it would be very unlikely. Unless you are in at at risk population such as researches who work with animals, veterinarians, farmers or people who sell exotic hides or you are military and could be exposed to weaponized anthrax in a deployed setting - it is very doubtful that you would contract anthrax.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Also if you have pulmonary anthrax it is not likely you would be able to write the question. This is often a rapidly fatal and always debilitating illness
Feb 11, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Great point friendly neighborhood Infectious Disease specialist. (:
Feb 11, 2013

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Are there complications associated with a common cold?

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Yes: A common cold is another way of saying a 'mild virus'. Viral illnesses of course can come with a number of complications, most of which have to do with the medical history, age, and luck of your child. The younger the child, the more potential for a virus to cause more inflammation and trouble breathing. Ear infections, pneumonias and sinus infections are known issues. Most however, will do fine.
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What are the causes of the common cold?

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What is the treatment for the common cold?

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