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Doctor insights on: Common Cold Chills

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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Are shaking chills unusual with mild cold and cough illness?

Are shaking chills unusual with mild cold and cough illness?

Yes: Shaking chills and fever can be a sign of a bacterial infection. Often time pneumonia will start first with a viral illness such as a cold but if bacteria grows in the lungsand cause pneumonia, shaking chills, fever, worsening symptoms of cough, discolored phlegm begins. At that point a chest xray/medical evaluation and most likely appropriate antibiotic treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

It is possible: Every patient responds to viral infections a bit differently. Most patients get typical symptoms of cough, runny nose and sore throat along with chills or body aches. Alternatively, your symptoms above may progress to a typical influenza presentation. Give your body rest and be sure to wash your hands :) ...Read more

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What's better fever or cold sweat?

What's better fever or cold sweat?

Neither.: Both are symptoms that can be present in illness. Cold sweat is a very subjective term that people use to describe many sensations - feeling hot but sweating, sweating on its own, or chills. What's important is the underlying illness. ...Read more

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Is this Cold or Flu? Sore throat, Chills/ now heated, fever 100.9, mild headache, fatigue, stuffy nose, sneezes.Im 21 & very scared of illnesses.HELP!

Is this Cold or Flu? Sore throat, Chills/ now heated, fever 100.9, mild headache, fatigue, stuffy nose, sneezes.Im 21 & very scared of illnesses.HELP!

See a doctor: it sound like a flue. see a doctor. hydrate very well rest and treat the symptoms with OTC medication, specially Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever, and Ibuprofen for body ache. eat soups ,take vitamin C and Zinc. the mean things is rest and hydration. good luck. ...Read more

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Chest conjestion cough dry stuffy nose pounding headache dry eyes dizzy spells nausea No fever or chills cold flu or allergies?

Chest conjestion cough dry stuffy nose pounding headache dry eyes dizzy spells nausea No fever or chills cold flu or allergies?

See doctor: You did not mention how long these symptoms have been present. If just for a few days, it may just be from a viral infection. If longer than that or getting worse, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Cardinal signs of: Influenza are sudden onset of high fever( 101 or higher with hard chills/sweats),body/muscle pain,respiratory symptoms(cough,runny nose).Easy to test for rapidly.Important to diagnose and treat within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.Anti-viral flu medicine works best if started within this 48 hour window. ...Read more

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Recurring heat rash in cold weather. Causes?

Recurring heat rash in cold weather. Causes?

Not likely heat rash: If your rash is occurring in cold weather, that is not likely heat rash. The term heat-rash refers to a rash occurring due to excessive heat. Eczema is often worse in cold and dry weather and so you may want to have it checked out. Without knowing what the rash looks like and its distribution on the body, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. So, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever. A cold or more?

Headache, sore throat, runny/stuffed nose, deep chest cough, hot and cold. No fever.  A cold or more?

Cold or more??: If it just a cold, usually there are evident signs of respiratory distress. Those are rapid breathing (more than 24 x/min); nasal flaring;?; chest retractions; and use of the accessory muscles of respiration. If none of thes are present the cough is much more likely to originate at the pharyngeal level. An excellent med for type of cough is benzonatate. ...Read more

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Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Sore throat, headache, sinus pressure, body fatigue and aches but no fever. Allergies or Viral Infection?

Allergy symptoms: It depends on the duration of symptoms, if you symptoms have just started, it can be either allergies or a viral infection. If these symptoms have been persistent for several weeks, then it is more likely allergies. Do you recall if something triggered your symptoms? Were you around someone will a viral illness prior to your symptoms starting. ...Read more

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Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Burning productive cough, yellow mucus, diZziness, fatigue, slight fever. What are the most common possibilities?

Respiratory infectio: Fever with productive cough and with burning sensation is an indication of infection in the respiratory tract may be upper or lower tract. It could be spectrum of sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis with or without pneumonia. ...Read more

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Chills, sweats, whooshing in head/ears, no fever?

Chills, sweats, whooshing in head/ears, no fever?

Seasonal flu: Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system. Aching muscles, headache, congestion are common symptoms. At this moment only a good rest and lots of water will be the best treatment. If concerned; see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes cold sweats?

What causes cold sweats?

Many things: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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I have sudden onset fever .. Temp 101 and body aches, chills, but no cough or sore throat? Is this flu?

I have sudden onset fever ..  Temp 101 and body aches, chills, but no cough or sore throat?  Is this flu?

More info needed: While we can't diagnose this without more information, we can say that fever, body aches and chills are common symptoms of the flu. Since flu is prevalent now, we often begin flu treatment without a positive diagnosis- that is based on the symptoms and history. Antiviral treatment works best when started within 48 hours of symptom onset, so best to call the doctor as soon as flu is suspected. ...Read more

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Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

Diarrhea, sore throat, congestion, cough, high fever which is now a low grade fever with sweating, headache. Flu or upper respitory tract infection?

The flu?: The symptoms you report sound consistent with a viral illness such as influenza. You can consider ibuprofen or acetaminophen for fever or pain and expect symptoms to resolve in a week or two. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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High fever 38-39 degrees, chills, hot flashes, severe body ache. No other symptom. What could it be?

High fever 38-39 degrees, chills, hot flashes, severe body ache. No other symptom. What could it be?

More info needed: There are 100 or more causes for fever, chills, and the other symptoms you have. Impossible to even guess; likely causes depend on other symptoms, risk factors, etc. Cough? Headache? Urinary or other genital symptoms? Abdominal pain? Skin pain or irritation anywhere? Exposure to people with illness? If you are light headed or dizzy, or if temperature goes above 39, get care immediately. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
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Chills (Definition)

Chills = sensation ...Read more