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How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

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. ...Read more

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Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

No: The flu is caused by a virus. Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is an antibiotic, so it can't be used to treat or prevent a viral infection. Anthrax is not caused by a virus; it's caused by a bacteria. But why would you want to prevent something as rare as anthrax? ...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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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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Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more

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Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

Asthmatic, getting over flu-like illness. When can I exercise? Occasional cough, sinus drainage, on prednisone. Six days since onset.

As soon: As you have your breathing under control and fevers are over for at least 24 hours. Begin less vigorously and for shorter than usual and build back up over a couple weeks. Activity as tolerated is recommended during recovery especially as it promotes mental and physical health. ...Read more

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Got flu like illness again after 5th rabies vaccine. No fever but chills and leg pain. Is this ok? What to do? Please help

Got flu like illness again after 5th rabies vaccine. No fever but chills and leg pain. Is this ok?  What to do?  Please help

Evaluate need: Rabies vaccine is not commonly used except in unusual exposure circumstances, and is associated with flu like illness as a reaction. Taking Acetaminophen or an NSAID to control. Re-evaluate why you have such a need. ...Read more

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Do I have inhalation anthrax? I was on webmd symptom checker it says I have it I have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath

Probably not: Unless you work with infected animals or animal products (hair, wool, hides) or are a target for bioterrorism you are unlikely to be exposed to anthrax spores. Chronic bronchitis from smoking more common. See your md for testing if concerned. ...Read more

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I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

See your doctor: that could be acute sinusitis, together with the other symptoms you have, you don't need to have sinus pain when you've got sinusitis, so better run it by your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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What causes a persistent cold flu?

What causes a persistent cold flu?

Resistance: Everyone gets colds and flu but symptoms can persist if resistance is low from fatigue , allergies, vitamin deficiency or chronic illnes. ...Read more

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How do a cold and the flu differ?

How do a cold and the flu differ?

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. Flu is the influenza virus. You're fine then you have a chill. Your temp goes way up. You ache all over and cough your head off. Treatment may help if you start early.Get a flu shot this year. ...Read more

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How quickly can a flu/cold come on?

Farily quickly: The disease has an incubation period in which you mihg not feel anything. When the symptom start they will manifest farily rapidly. ...Read more

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What works when you have a flu/cold?

What works when you have a flu/cold?

The FLU: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What are good remedies for a cold and flu?

FLU: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Is a cold worse than the flu in some ways?

Not usually: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more