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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...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.....?

Immune deficiency: Would like to know how low the IgG is . In this case I would consider a functional immune evaluation by studying his pre and post Pneumococcal 23, and Td immune response if the IgG is only borderline low. If it is very low, then IVIG is likely indicated (I have yet had a patient who can tolerate SCIG). I would also like to find out what the urinary culture results are. If they have not been revealing , then a PCR bacterial analysis would be indicated. The mucosal ulcerations is suggestive of an autoimmune disorder and I would include Reiter's syndrome in my diagnosis. ...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 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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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