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I Am Having Difficulty Swallowing How Do I Know If It Just A Viral Infection Or Something Serious
I am having difficulty swallowing. How do I know if it just a viral infection or something serious ?
Duration of symptoms: It depends on 1) duration of symptoms 2) other symptoms like pain, weight loss 3) age 4) history of tobacco or alcohol abuse. If duration has been short (less than 2 weeks)with no weight loss and other symptoms of a viral infection (fever, chills) - then it is likely nothing to be concerned about. If long duration of symptoms (>2 weeks) with weight loss - it should be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before , or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more
Best to know: Some infections have no symptoms. If you are concerned about a specific exposure, see your doc and get tested. For many infections there are specific symptoms: fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary discomfort/back pain, discharge, skin lesions w/pus. For these you need to see a doc for treatment. For hiv, hepatitis, hpv specific tests need to be done. ...Read more
I would like to know how rare, if it actually is, myocarditis? I'm a little scared of it. Should I be worried when I get fever or something?
Test: You cannot tell unless you test. Anybody else with similar symptoms around you? Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
I'm not sure if I have a virus or something serious, can someone help me? I just threw up and now i'm really cold?
I am somewhat of a hypochondriac. I can never tell if im in serious trouble and need to go the hospital. How do you know if something is serious?
Treat cause of this: As calmly as possible, this medical affliction should be thoroughly evaluated by very competent physician. !st, a humanistic psychiatrist, i.e., you feel as comfortable, then confident given this difficulty. This will be your med protector and guide. An evaluation customized for youy, e.g., 1st meetings(s) may be tele, as comfy as your miked or skyped comp., let's begin? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms: You can have a bladder infection without knowing it. It can pass by itself without treatment. However, if it is caused by a sexually transmitted disease, it could be bad to miss it. Usually, a bladder infection will cause burning pain when you urinate. It can make you urinate more often with more urgency. It can also cause blood in the urine at rare times. Urine studies can detect infection. ...Read more
I have a mild soar throat , and not really any flu like symptoms . Do you think I'm getting a cold or could it be something else ?
Many possibilities: Sore throats have many causes. Dry mouth is an often overlooked cause. Viral infections are common causes, they can accompany other cold symptoms or have just sore throat and some fatigue. Strep bacterial infection is another. Acid reflux, and reaction to acid and spicy food are also causes. With infectious causes household contacts can pass disease around. Handwashing reduces this greatly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your MD: Start with an appointment with your primary care physician. If he or she cannot diagnose your problem, you may be referred to an ENT or gastroenterologist for evaluation. ...Read more
If you swallow a tic TAC while talking or breathing how do you know if it went in lung or stomach? How bad is this? No symptoms.
Cough: If you inhale something solid you will be coughing until it comes out. If you are not coughing it went to the right place ...Read more
I have a very scratchy throat dry cough and fatigue no fever, is it something i should worry about what's causing it and what can i do or take?
Sore throat: Difficult to know what is going on without further history and physical exam. It sounds superficially as if you may have a mild viral infection. If it persists consider going to see your family doctor and being evaluated. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
See an Allergist: They best way to evaluate the severity of your allergies is to have them evaluated by a board certified Allergist. ...Read more
Do you think it could be stomach flu or just the common flu? I don't have a fever. I don't have a cough or sore throat. I donthave diarrea or vomiting
What to do if I have been sick for over a week. I thought it was a cold but now I wonder if What to do if I have a sinus infection. how can you tell?
Doctor TIME.: Some people like to 'wing it' with their colds, sinus infections, etc... It is not a bad idea. But when you continue to feel 'sick' or suspect of having a sinus infection, it's time to go see the doctor which could help you out with prescription medication to help you feel better. Sinus infections usually cause sinus pressure, and tenderness in facial bones. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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