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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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
Hi. I've had the flu for almost 2 weeks. Everything has started to taste metallic. Is this a normal symptom?
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
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
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
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
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?
If I don't have body pain or a fever, could I still have the flu? I have every other symptom though
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