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Cold Vs Flu Vs Meningitis
Influenza: Like night v day. Meningitis produces headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, alteration in consciousness and cognition along with possible neuropathy, and if bacterial and untreated can be fatal. Influenza is a viral illness that affects multiple organs but is seldom fatal by itself (except for primary flu pneumonia). It can alter immune function and make one open to secondary infections. ...Read more
Bacterial vs. Viral meningitis? What are some of the differences between bacterial and viral meningitis?
Treatment: Both cause inflammation of the meninges or brain covering with intense headaches, neurological symptoms, fever, and stiff nek. Bacterial meningitis tends to be more severe and there are antibiotics that can treat it. Viral meningitis is viral and there are not antibiotics that treat it. That is the briefest difference. ...Read more
See below: A cold is a viral infection.Get a more detailed answer ›
Sinus infection/cold: Head cold gives you congestion in nose and feeling of sore throat and low grade fever with and without headache and usually gets better without treatment in less than a week.Sinus infection can be from viruses or bacteria and can cause persitant headache, congestion in sinuses, high fever, and may need t be treated with antibiotics for 10 to 14 days in some caes where you suspect bacterial infection. ...Read more
It's possible: Influenza itself can cause an inflammation of the lungs that shows up on xrays, which may be called "pneumonia". It can also injure the cells lining the airways, allowing for a stapylococcal (classically) or other bacteria to infect the lungs. These can be fairly severe processes and may require hospitalization or even ICU care. However this is fairly uncommon. ...Read more
Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inflame due to the viral illness. About 15 to 20% of the time a viral illness becomes bacterial. 7 to 10 days after illness if symptoms persist or worsen with cough, headache, congestion, bacterial is now a likelyhood. ...Read more
Same effectiveness: A flu shot or flu mist are both just as effective. The flu mist has some age restrictions, and persons with some medical conditions (such as ongoing asthma symptoms) should not get the flu mist. A few years ago, a study suggested that younger children may get more protection from the flu mist, but in any one individual patient, there's no way to tell if there is a difference between shot and mist. ...Read more
Location...: Bronchitis is infection in the airways whereas pneumonia is infection of the lung itself. Usually, symptoms of bronchitis include coughing discolored sputum, wheezing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, body aches, etc. The symptoms of pneumonia can be very similar but your doctor can tell the difference via physical exam and test results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A viral flu strain: H1n1 refers to the proteins that make up the critical parts of this particular flu virus. For example, h5n1 is a common flu virus that attacks some years. "swine flu" is a misnomer. Flu viruses are named after their original hosts, and the h1n1 virus we've been dealing with is actually a combination of avian, human and swine flu dna mixed together. Also, it's the same spanish flu from 1918. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-4 days. bad headache,low grade temp, back/neck ache, fatigue. no respiratory or GI
probs. flu vs meningitis?
Sveral: Croup is an infectious (usually viral) narrowing of the upper airway. Usually sounds like a dog barking. Pneumonia is an infection of the actual lung tissue. Usually presents with fever, persistant cough, chest pain; rapid, short breaths; vomiting- especially as a result of vomiting can also occur. ...Read more