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Can I still go swimming with a mild flu sickness?

Can I still go swimming with a mild flu sickness?

Yes: Military recruit studies indicate that physical activity does not affect influenzae. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of getting a brain eating amoeba from a hot tub at a hotel or swimming pool? I have flu like symptoms and i'm scared it's the start.

Is there a risk of getting a brain eating amoeba from a hot tub at a hotel or swimming pool? I have flu like symptoms and i'm scared it's the start.

The risk would be: Incredibly low. See that you suffer from anxiety and have behavior therapy. If you have consistent fears of this nature - discuss addressing this with cognitive behavioral therapy with your provider. Take care. ...Read more

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Day5 of flu(-like illness?), fever (101F-103F), body aches are worse today and still having chills. Cough mostly dry. How long will it take?

Day5 of flu(-like illness?), fever (101F-103F), body aches are worse today and still having chills. Cough mostly dry. How long will it take?

Fever rare after 5-6: Most individuals with influenza have resolution of fever and chills by 5-6 days, but may have lingering fatigue and cough. If you still have significant fever, you may be experiencing a secondary infection or other illness and it would be time to get evaluation. ...Read more

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Had flu-like symptoms (tiredness, mild ache) 2-3 days ago; that subsided but still intermittent cough w/thick yellow-brown phlegm. What should I do?

Had flu-like symptoms (tiredness, mild ache) 2-3 days ago; that subsided but still intermittent cough w/thick yellow-brown phlegm. What should I do?

Sounds viral: Drink plenty of fluids and get eight hours of sleep every night! Eat healthy and take some decongestant/ expectorant if allergy medicine does not help with coughing from Postnasal drip. See doctor if condition worsened, you may have a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics. ...Read more

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21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

Possible vasculitis: I would have an ANCA panel checked, especially with you saying you're having hematuria and proteinuria. There are a few conditions we refer to as pulmonary renal syndromes and they are all a type of vasculitis. Some of the names are Wegener's and Goodpasture's. ...Read more

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Having flu like symptoms and sickness after a surgical termination.

Having flu like symptoms and sickness after a surgical termination.

Left over: Hi, Thank you for your question. Sorry about your termination. There might be tissue left inside... Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions. Dr. M ...Read more

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How much weight can a 44lb 7yr old lose during illness before indicating need to go in? Just keep hydrating & no worry?? (1lb+down in 10days) Flu-like

How much weight can a 44lb 7yr old lose during illness before indicating need to go in? Just keep hydrating & no worry?? (1lb+down in 10days) Flu-like

Probably good idea..: to get seen. Hydration is very important, and the expectation is that the appetite should rebound soon. If he's still experiencing fever or severe symptoms I'd still recommend getting him seen. If the symptoms are resolving you can monitor a bit longer. If the weight loss exceeds 5% (2.3 lbs) then that would be another reason to get seen. ...Read more

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I've had flu like symptoms for 2 weeks, i've been taking anti-biotic for 3 days now and still don't feel any better i've been taking anti-biotic for 3 days now and still don't feel any better, i've been going to work during the week and feel horrible.

I've had flu like symptoms for 2 weeks, i've been taking anti-biotic for 3 days now and still don't feel any better i've been taking anti-biotic for 3 days now and still don't feel any better, i've been going to work during the week and feel horrible.

The : The flu is caused by viruses, as such antibiotics will not be effective in treating the infection. It is not typical for the flu to last in excess of 2 weeks so, if you have not seen your physician, i recommend that you do so soon to determine the nature of your illness. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a moderately bad cold and a mild flu?

How can you tell the difference between a moderately bad cold and a mild flu?

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 fever and bodyache. ...Read more

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I have a mild flu what should I do?

I have a mild flu what should I do?

Influenza: Drink plenty of fluids, take aspirin or acetaminophen to control headache and other aches and pains, rest, and don't expose others e.g. cover coughs & stay home from work or school a few days. (Everything your mom did when you were little!) Otherwise sit tight; it will get better soon. If severe (high fever, bad head or muscle aching, bad cough) see a doctor for possible antiviral Rx e.g. Tamiflu (oseltamivir). ...Read more

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Experiencing flu like symptms for 2 -3 wks w/ mild & short fevers in btwn & irritated sinunes. I'm also approx. 2 months preg. Should I be worried?

Experiencing flu like symptms for 2 -3 wks w/ mild & short fevers in btwn & irritated sinunes. I'm also approx. 2 months preg. Should I be worried?

Need treatment: You likely have developed a bacterial sinusitis if the symptoms have lasted over 10 days. See your doctor re. whether you may need an antibiotic or not. The pregnancy does dictate the kind of abx you can safely receive. ...Read more

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Do the presence of plasmocytes in child with flu like symptoms indicate malignant disease?

Do the presence of plasmocytes in child with flu like symptoms indicate malignant disease?

Plasmocytes: Small amounts in children are not a sign of malignancy, and may appear with inflammatory reactions ...Read more

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I have had cold/flu like symptoms for a week and my pharmasist suggested that i take theraflu sever cold and flu medicine.. I still have these symptoms after a week of taking the medication. What should I take?

I have had cold/flu  like symptoms for a week and my pharmasist suggested that i take theraflu sever cold and flu medicine.. I still have these symptoms after a week of taking the medication. What should I take?

Cold: Get checked for allergies as long as you do not have fevers or chills. If you are coughing up colorful secretions then see your doctor for an antibiotic. Otherwise get plenty of sleep and eat well to get over this cold. Take a specific medicine for a specific issue. If you have pain take a pain reliever. Drainage, or congestion, an antihistamine or decongestant. Cough, cough suppressor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What condition presents with mild flu like symptoms and aches starting from the trapezius, and goes down the spine and scapulas?

What condition presents with mild flu like symptoms and aches starting from the trapezius, and goes down the spine and scapulas?

Multiple: Many different things can cause these kinds of symptoms. The most likely is a viral illness, or even the flu. If you have further questions, go see your family practice physician. ...Read more

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I am coming down with a mild flu and have my wisdom teeth surgery scheduled in 48 hours. Should i go ahead with the surgery?

Best to wait...: I would wait until your flu symptoms have abated. It is doubtful your oral surgeon would want to extract teeth on really sick patient. ...Read more

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urgent:Can my flu like illness as a reaction of rabies shot transmit to my 5 month old baby? She has 102 F.please help

urgent:Can my flu like illness as a reaction of rabies shot  transmit to my 5 month old baby?  She has 102 F.please help

No: Maybe your flu like illness is not really a reaction to your rabies vaccine and in fact you have a viral syndrome. But your 5 month old baby does need to be evaluated for the 102 fever. Good Luck ...Read more

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I been experiencing flu like symptoms so I was self medicating I ended up at the ER and they said its strep and gave me pencillin but I'm short still ?

I been experiencing flu like symptoms  so I was self medicating I ended up at the ER and they said its strep and gave me pencillin but  I'm short still ?

Please clarify: I'm not sure what you are asking. A penicillin shot should be adequate treatment for a strep infection (though it may take a few days for symptoms to fully resolve) but it will not make you grow any taller! By the way, it is wise to take probiotics after taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are there any certain skin infections that may cause flu like symptoms or severe illness?

Are there any certain skin infections that  may cause flu like symptoms or severe illness?

Possibly: Cellulitis may extend beyond the boundries of the skin either into underlying tissues and create fasciitis, myositis, osteomyelitis, etc. The organisms can also enter the blood stream and create sepsis. You may also be seeing cutaneous manifestations of a systemic illness rather than just a skin infection. ...Read more

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Post fever of 102 and flu like symptoms... Still experiencing severe skin sensitivity/pain similar to what i felt during the flu. Is that normal?

Post fever of 102 and flu like symptoms... Still experiencing severe skin sensitivity/pain similar to what i felt during the flu.  Is that normal?

Flu: You may still have some fevers for a few days after the flu. The skin sensitivity will improve with time. Look for colored drainage or discharge. That will signify a bacterial infection. Sometimes a viral infection may turn into a bacterial one tht may need antibiotics. Contact your doctor if that happens. Take Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for a fever. Good luck. ...Read more