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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. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...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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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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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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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