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Dr. Norma Jo Waxman
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Upper Respiratory Infection (Definition)

An upper respiratory infection refers to an infection that involves the lining of the breathing passages above the lungs. It usually refers to infections that involve multiple areas simultaneously such as the nose, sinus, ears, throat, ...Read more


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How can it be that my body breaks down similar to flu and cold symptoms when i work too hard?

How can it be that my body breaks down similar to flu and cold symptoms when i work too hard?

Stress: Chronic stress can lead to many problems involving your physical health. At some point your body does not know the difference between physical and psychological stress and eventually reacts. ...Read more

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What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

What are cold symptoms and flu symptoms in toddlers?

Colds vs flu: Common colds and mild influenza can look very similar. Though both often present with runny nose, cough, sore throat, and fever, the flu is typically more severe, and associated with more fatigue, and often body aches. Unlike a cold, it can also become much more severe. See a doctor if you think your child has the flu, particularly if they have a chronic condition such as asthma or heart disease. ...Read more

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How do I treat the flu and cold symptoms?

How do I treat the flu and cold symptoms?

Rest and fluids.: The best t5eatment for the flu, other rthan getting a flu shot to prevent it, is to get planty of rest, drink lots of fluids and avoid spreading the virus. You can also use over the counter cold and flu symptomatic treatment. Sometimes anti-viral drugs are used if a serious flu infection has occured. ...Read more

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What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in infants?

What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in infants?

Flu vs. Cold: Both caused by viruses and symptoms can be almost indistinguishable. Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches and pains are common. Infants with flu tend to have higher fevers, febrile seizures, GI issues (vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite) with less prominent respiratory findings. Both usually resolve with symptomatic management but flu can sometimes require hospitalization. ...Read more

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What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in a toddler?

What are the differences between flu and cold symptoms in a toddler?

Influenza is worse: Both are viral infections, so a toddler will have a medium fever (between 102-104 degrees Fahrenheit) but the flu fever lasts longer and the child looks sicker. ...Read more

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Do you know of any good medications that can help me with a flu/cold symptoms?

Do you know of any good medications that can help me with a flu/cold symptoms?

Whatever works: There are many choices out there but not much really works. Our bodies are very efficient at clearing out viruses and that is why we feel lousy with symptoms when we get a cold. I recommend rest, fluids, and the best nutrition possible. Fever reducers can help with the aches when needed and honey is good for throat tenderness and sometimes cough. Guaifenesin is helpful for some, not others. ...Read more

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I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold , Symptoms , Medications , and Procedures ? Thanks

I would like to know the main differences between flu and common cold , Symptoms , Medications , and Procedures ? Thanks

Fever, body aches,: a true influenza has sudden onset, true fever (over 38.5 C), severe muscle/body aches, headache, nausea and cough. It also may be accompanied by diarrhea. Usually you feel awful and not able to function. Because the flu weakens you so much, it is common to have a pneumonia soon after the flu in many cases. A cold will rarely have a true fever over 38.5 degrees c. ...Read more

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When it comes to the flu, are flu symptoms like cold symptoms?

When it comes to the flu, are flu symptoms like cold symptoms?

Usually worse: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more