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I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have bird flu. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?

I went to an online symptom checker. It said I might have bird flu. What do doctors say are the most common symptoms?

Fever, chills, cough: The symptoms for influenza are fairly nonspecific - fever, chills, muscle aches and cough to start... And can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. If you are concerned and sick enough, go to your physician and get checked. If you are very ill, go to an ED and tell them what is going on; but either have an ambulance take you or a friend take you. Driving sick is worse than driving drunk. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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My son of 10 week old had a symptom flu 3 days ago, his body tempreture now are on a normal reading but he is not as cheerful as before, why?

My son of 10 week old had a symptom flu 3 days ago, his body tempreture now are on a normal reading but he is not as cheerful as before, why?

He is still: Recovering from his flu like symptoms. Make sure he is eating and well hydrated. He should come around the next day or two. If not, time to go see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Do I need to have every symptom of flu to have swine flu?

Do I need to have every symptom of flu to have swine flu?

No: Symptoms of swine flu may include: sore throat, cough, headache, fever, chills, musculoskeletal aches & pains, nausea, vomiting & diarrhea. Nausea & vomiting are seen mostly in children. A diagnosis can be made with a lab test. ...Read more

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How much Zicam daytime multi-symptom cold and flu do adults usually take?

How much Zicam daytime multi-symptom cold and flu do adults usually take?

2 tbsp every 4 hours: The directions indicate 2 tablespoons every 4 hours, but do not exceed 12 tablespoons in a 24 hour period. This product contains acetaminophen, so I would recommend you do not take more than 8 tablespoons in a 24 hour period. ...Read more

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Hi. I've had the flu for almost 2 weeks. Everything has started to taste metallic. Is this a normal symptom?

Hi. I've had the flu for almost 2 weeks. Everything has started to taste metallic. Is this a normal symptom?

Yes: Metallic taste in your mouth is a fairly common symptom with viral illness, especially prolonged. Some find relief with Zinc supplementation. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the flu? & if I have every symptom of the flu except body pain, could it still be the flu?

What are symptoms of the flu? & if I have every symptom of the flu except body pain, could it still be the flu?

It is possible: In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. ...Read more

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What to do if I have the flu and started having new symptom, is this bronchitis?

Sxs?: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. If you have a new barking cough, issues with breathing, phlegm - let your doctor know. ...Read more

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After a week of the flu, I'm not better and have developed a New symptom: diarrhea. What can I do?

After a week of the flu, I'm not better and have developed a New symptom: diarrhea. What can I do?

Question the flu dx: IF you really HAD the flu, it isn't causing your diarrhea now. As long as your stools aren't bloody, you don't have a fever and your abdominal pain is minor after an episode of diarrhea, just keep orally hydrated and eat smart. Avoid caffeine, milk and fatty/fried/greasy foods. And eat bananas, steamed rice, apple sauce, lean protein and toast [a little jelly is okay, but no butter]. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a symptom that the swine flu gives you its self besides the normal flu symptoms?

Rapid Onset: With swine flu onset is usually very swift – within 3 to 6 hours you have been hit hard by pain & fever. With seasonal flu, symptoms may start to develop over several days. ...Read more

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What causes achiness when you have a cold? I always thought achiness was a flu symptom, but I get it when I have a cold.

What causes achiness when you have a cold? I always thought achiness was a flu symptom, but I get it when I have a cold.

Cytokines: Most systemic symptoms of infection -- fever, achiness, loss of appetite, sleepiness, and others -- are the result of chemicals called cytokines, which are released by white blood cells as they fight infection. Almost any infection can do it, not only influenza. Particular symptoms (achiness, fever, etc) are vary widely between individuals and from one kind of infection to another. ...Read more

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What could be the reasons why you can have flu without fever? Is it a symptom of having a problem with the immune system?

What could be the reasons why you can have flu without fever? Is it a symptom of having a problem with the immune system?

Everyone is differen: Viral infection affects people in different ways. Some people may not even have symptoms, others become very ill. The fever is the result of the body mounting an immune response to the viral invasion and may possibly be related to how much is viral load is as well as how the body handles the invasion. ...Read more

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My son (4) has vomited undigested food 4 times today but only when he falls asleep. 3 times this morning, then in the car this evening. No flu symptom?

My son (4) has vomited undigested food 4 times today but only when he falls asleep. 3 times this morning, then in the car this evening. No flu symptom?

Mgt: He should be kept well hydrated with sips of pedialyte. I would suggest seeing his PCP in the morning. This is most likely a viral illness. Monitor his temperature and if he has a headache, please see the ED. ...Read more

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Is itchy skin a flu symptom?

Is itchy skin a flu symptom?

Generally not: This is one of those symptoms which can have numerous causes and is impossible to diagnose accurately without a full picture of whatever else is going on. But this does not usually point to influenza. ...Read more

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Can vomiting be a symptom of the swine flu?

Can vomiting be a symptom of the swine flu?

Can be: However, influenza tends to be a disease that primarily affects the respiratory system. Cough, high fevers, muscle aches are more common than vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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Help please! Is getting dizzy while coughing a symptom of something worse than a cold or flu?

Help please! Is getting dizzy while coughing a symptom of something worse than a cold or flu?

Cough: No. A forceful cough can sometimes stimulate certain nerves that can cause you to feel lightheaded or dizzy. This should resolve as the cough resolves. If not, get it checked! ...Read more

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Can shaky hands be a symptom of a common sickness like the flu or colds?

Can shaky hands be a symptom of a common sickness like the flu or colds?

Possibly: Shaky hands could be the manifestation of a large number of conditions. You may be extremely agitated or worried over something, you might be dehydrated from fever and lack of fluid intake, you might have low blood pressure for a variety of reasons. It is so non-specific that it is difficult to categorize, but if it is disturbing, or persistent, see your doctor. ...Read more