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Does The Flu Start With A Sore Throat
Yes, usually: Most cases of influenza start with upper respiratory infection symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and progress to more severe and productive cough as it effects the lower respiratory tract. Influenza can predispose the person to bacterial pneumonia as well, and in some patients, produce life-threatening lung disease. ...Read more
Sure it can: Occasionally, a patient shows up with sore throat, a mild runny nose, and tests positive for flu a or flu b. Sore throat isn't always just a strep throat or a cold. Many many illnesses have similar symptoms. . . Which is why a person should find a thorough doctor to listen to. Trying to self-diagnose by looking at the symptoms can make a person completely frustrated. Find one good doctor to trust! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello Doc, I have a sore nasopharynx and a bit of a stuffy nose. The onset of my cold usually begins with a sore oropharynx, not this.
It can: Yes, mono can cause a very sore throat with white patches on the back of your throat/tonsils. However, there are many other infections that can also cause those symptoms. Mono is usually also associated with extreme fatigue and swollen lymph glands in the neck. If you suspect mono, there is a blood test that can be run to help determine if this is the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
How can I tell if it's strep throat or a viral infection? Had a fever of 100.8° the first two days, sore throat and now a small cough as well.
Yes: One is viral and one bacterial.A person can have both at the same time depending or exposure and susceptibility. ...Read more
It might be!: Have your throat looked at by a trained health care provider when you see something like an ulcer and have a sore throat. Strep typically causes an exudate or white spots, so it depends on what the "ulcer" looks like. A strep test, possibly a Rapid Strep can help. If you still have your tonsils then they are often inflamed with a viral or bacterial (strep) sore throat.Inflamed tonsils=tonsillitis ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sore throat with a little white in way back of throat very low to no fever. Does this sound like strep or can u have white patches on viral sore throa?
See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
How to tell a cold from strep throat? Do you always have a fever with strep? Will there be white patches on throat? I have a cough and sore throat.
See a physician: 26 year old male with sore throat and cough. Most cases of sore throat are viral, whereas strep is a bacterial cause of sore throat. It is hard to tell the difference at home. Even physicians have a difficult time distinguishing between strep and viral infection based on history alone. Please see a primary care physician for a thorough physical exam and also a strep test for a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
Started with sore throat, headache, muscle aches and sensitivity to touch. Took DayQuil but does not relieve sore throat. Do I have strep or the flu?
Need exam/swab: If you go to the doc, s/he can obtain a good ENT exam, including a tonsilar swab for a rapid Strep test. An acute EBV tonsillitis looks very similar with fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, lymphadenopathy & white plaques on the tonsils. EBV can even cause right upper belly pain (acute viral hepatitis). Antibiotics will help a strep but not viral infection. Consider sugarless lozenges. ...Read more
Sounds like a Cold: I typically find that the actual "flu" - the disease caused by the Influenza Virus - starts as a rapid onset of fever and chills, often with a dry, non-productive cough, and usually accompanied by chills, body aches, and fatigue. What you are describing sounds more like a viral cold, or perhaps even an allergy to something, considering the lack of fever. ...Read more
How can one tell the difference between a sore throat from the common cold and a sore throat from strep throat?
Culture: The best way to tell if a sore throat is strep is with a strep culture. Rapid strep tests also give good answers in the office, but strep culture remains the gold standard. Your doctor may treat you without a test if the symptoms warrant, or do a rapid strep test or culture if it isn't clear. Symptoms suggesting strep include fever, pus on the tonsils, painful lymph nodes, and exposure to strep. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside
Weather not reason: You can get ill with the flu at any time of the year, not just in winter. Typically, colds and flu are different since the flu will give you the body aches and chills more strongly than a cold. Both are caused by viruses so antibiotics don't help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Mouth breathing commonly causes a mild sore and dry throat that will improve with hydration. It by itself doesn't cause fever. A viral nasal infection will congest the nose making it easier to mouth breathe and cause fever but these symptoms are temporary once the viral illness runs its course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TO shoot or not?: First, you don't want a shot of Ampicillin - you would want a shot of penicillin, because there is a long acting form of that which will treat your strep throat. There is no long acting ampicillin. Then, it depends on each individual - if you are good about remembering to take your oral medicine and take them all, then pills work fine. If not, or you are vomiting, then the shot's the way to go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get the flu with no runny nose or sneezing .just a headache ,sore throat,and body aches ?
Typical influenza: Although flu (influenza) can cause nasal congestion and sneezing, often it does not. Your symptoms are very typical -- especially if you have fever and also develop a cough. However, you shouldn't assume the diagnosis, and flu season is over. So see your doctor -- if s/he believes influenza is likely, treatment with an antiviral drug like oseltamivir (Tamflu) may speed recovery. Good luck! ...Read more
Not usually: Cold usually presents with runny nose, blocked nose, fever, body aches and it can cause post nasal drip causing sore throat and cough especially at night . cough is a reflex response to clear airways. http://patient.info/health/cough-leaflet http://patient.info/health/common-cold-and-other-upper-respiratory-tract-infections ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have the flu without a sore throat or a cough and would the results to a flu test show after two days?
Les likely w/o cough: A significant non-productive cough is one of the main features of a true influenza viral infection (the flu), along with abrupt onset of muscle aches, fever, fatigue. Sore throat is not a necessary symptom of the flu, but lack of a cough makes it less likely. Commercial tests for influenza virus, should be able to detect infection in two days, but they care not 100% accurate. ...Read more
Is this the flu or a cold. No fever. Congestion productive cough but with small amount of blood in phlegm. I have a sore throat and neck hurts.
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