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Flu How To Know If I Have The Flu
Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more
Flu vs Bronchitis.: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” According to Mayo Clinic Bronchitis can present with “Cough, Production of mucus (sputum), which can be clear, white, yellowish-gray or green in color — rarely, it may be streaked with blood, > ...Read more
How do I know if I have avian flu? What are the symptoms of avian flu in humans? How do I know if I have avian flu or a regular virus?
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 w/n first couple of days of sx’s to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more
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Influenza: The flu shot will not help you get rid of flu once you have it. It is used in preventing you catching the flu strain for this year. Once you are diagnosed with influenza, your doctor may put you on tamiflu (oseltamivir) to reduce duration, but otherwise treatment is supportive care - hydration and controlling fevers (grandma's chicken noodle soup!). ...Read more
Do you mean flu vs: cold? Common cold symptoms include: Cough, congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat, mild headache, low grade fever & mild body aches. According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ...Read more
May be difficult: Rapid influenza testing by nasal swab, viral cultures, or retrospectively by serologic testing. There are many viral infections which can mimic influenza, inclluding parainfluenza, some adenoviruses, and so on and so on. Generally influenza will be active in the community and doctors, having been informed of this by the health departments, will have high indices of suspicion. ...Read more
Cold is milder: Inflenza really makes you sick, you have fever, bodyaches, headache, cough, nausea and vomiting, upset stomack, coogh and congestion and you really feel sick while common cold can give you milder symptoms like runny nose, cough , sore throat and sometimes slight fever and you do not feel that sick as you do with influenza allergies will cause sneezing, nasal congestion;itchy eyes. ...Read more
Flu vs Cold: 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
How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?
A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consult yoiur doctor: There is a simple test that can determine if yoiu have the flue. It is a rapidtest so you will get an answer quickly. If it is not flue, your physician will direct yoiur evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read more
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