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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

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I've had cold symptoms for 3 days. If I had the flu would I have vomited?

Possibly: Flu can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, extreme fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. If progresses and worsens, respiratory distress and worse. Colds can have the same but usually not extreme fatigue, muscle aches and chills. ...Read more

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Friend recently had flu. Fever stopped 7 days ago. Cold symptoms stopped 4 days ago.Still has dry cough. Would he be ok around our 4mo old daughter?

Friend recently had flu. Fever stopped 7 days ago. Cold symptoms stopped 4 days ago.Still has dry cough. Would he be ok around our 4mo old daughter?

Carefully: There are lots of variables in this question. Your friend was more contagious before & while there was fever than now but, are you willing to take chances with your baby? The cough may last for several weeks and, alone, isn't a reason to keep the friend out of the house. Be cautious about letting her/him hold the baby, though. Wait a little while longer for the visit if possible. ...Read more

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20 year old female, sudden daily clear nose drips going on for months now, no cold symptoms or flu, what test it's recommended to minimize dr visits?

20 year old female, sudden daily clear nose drips going on for months now, no cold symptoms or flu, what test it's recommended to minimize dr visits?

Not that easy: unfortunately you cannot be diagnosed online or be advised which test to pursue on your own to come up with a diagnosis, you need an expert, an ENT specialist to look into that, as the symptoms need to analysed in the context of good history and physical exam. If you have a problem with insurance, you can try free clinics or University / Teaching hospitals ENT clinics, good luck ...Read more

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How to know if swollen or inflammation lips are one of the flu and cold symptoms?

How to know if swollen or inflammation lips are one of the flu and cold symptoms?

May have congested : Nose. Flu symptoms can include fever, chills, sore throat, cough, headaches, nasal congestion marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue. When present, nausea, vomiting and loose stools are more often seen in children. Swelling of lips isn't usually anticipated. But if lips turn purple of blue - please seek medical care asap. ...Read more

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Chronic headaches, pain in my right nasal cannel that shoots through my head. No flu/cold symptoms. ?

Chronic headaches, pain in my right nasal cannel that shoots through my head. No flu/cold symptoms. 
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Headaches/nasal pain: Difficult to say with limited information. Your headaches need a thorough evaluation and may or may not be associated with nasal pain. A good place to start is likely an ENT evaluation with a thorough nasal exam, endoscopy to look inside. There may be problems like a deviated septum, polyps or other issues. If the headaches are determined to be unassociated, see neurologist to evaluated headaches. ...Read more

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Our 5 year old has a fever and headache and body aches. Can this be flu or do all flus include cold symptoms?

Our 5 year old has a fever and headache and body aches. Can this be flu or do all flus include cold symptoms?

Too early for flu: If this is been going on for more than 24 hours and he is not taking good fluids, he should be seen right away. How bad is his headache? If he is vomiting because of a headache or has any problems with his vision or a rash or if he's not making sense, please take them to the emergency room right away ...Read more

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I get sick almost every month when I have my period with flu/cold symptoms... is there a home remedy I could use??

See a gynecologist: If your periods are causing problems, maybe you should consider seeing a gynecologist to have them regulated using a form of contraception or birth control. It's safe to do even if you're not having sex and can be really helpful for controlling any symptoms related to your periods. ...Read more

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My daughter has had the flu for a week now. Been on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for 3 days. Temp normal since last night. Still has cold symptoms. She still contagious?

My daughter has had the flu for a week now. Been on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for 3 days. Temp normal since last night. Still has cold symptoms. She still contagious?

Influenza: usually when the fever is gone then you are not infectious any longer. However, that does not mean that she is ready for school. After being ill for over a week she need time to recuperate and get her strength back. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

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