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Fever (Definition)

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


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How can I tell if I have a fever without a thermometer?

How can I tell if I have a fever without a thermometer?

You really can't: Feeling the skin can be very deceptive, as sometimes when the inner body temperature is up the body will try to get it down by increasing blood flow to the skin, and you feel hot.Other times if you have a fever, but your brain wants it to go even higher, it will cause restriction of blood flow to skin and you feel cool. You really need to actually measure the temp. Guessing just doesn't do it! ...Read more

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How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?

How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?

Not likely serious: Headaches are very common. Most are tension, but some are migraines or cluster. New onset headache in an adult which is recurrent should raise concern and prompt a work up. A cat scan of the brain is a quick test that is inexpensive but lacks details and may not show early stages of a brain tumor. An MRI with contrast is the best diagnostic study. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a cold sore or not?

How can I know if this is a cold sore or not?

A physician can : Evaluate and diagnose. A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus. ...Read more

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It just a cold or is it hay fever, and how can you tell in the springtime?

It just a cold or is it hay fever, and how can you tell in the springtime?

Fever or itching?: There is no fever with hay fever; in the spring it is due to tree pollen not hay. If you have itchy nose, eyes then it is probably a pollen allergy; try an otc antihistamine (e.g. Allegra, zyrtec). If you have fever without itching then it is probaby a "cold" so take tylenol (acetaminophen) or asa for fever and otc sudafed 12 hour for stuffy nose (avoid sudafed with hbp, heart condition). If it persists see md. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether or not this is asthma or just a seasonal thing?

Seasonal asthma: Only rarely is asthma only seasonal. Allergic sensitivity caused by ige antibodies can cause nasal congestion, eye irritation and bronchoconstriction. All patients with asthma should have allergy testing to dust mites and pet dander (if there is a pet exposure), since environmental modifications can reduce symptoms. Knowing what seasonal allergens are important to any person helps management. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a fever without a thermometer?

How to know if you have a fever without a thermometer?

U can't. : You can't know for sure, but if you're not feeling well, chills, shaking and fast heart rate, then you may have fever. Also if another person feels your forehead they may notice you feel hot. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a cold or the flu?

How to tell if I have a cold or the flu?

Cold is milder: Inflenza really makes you sick, you have fever, bodyaches, headache, cough, nausea and vomiting, upset stomack, coogh and congestion and you really feel sick while common cold can give you milder symptoms like runny nose, cough and sometimes slight fever and you do not feel that sick as you do with influenza. ...Read more

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I Would like to how could you tell if a tooth is a baby or a adult?

I Would like to how could you tell if a tooth is a baby or a adult?

Anatomy: Adult teeth and baby teeth vary dramatically in size, shape, angulation, translucence, and light refraction. Ask your Dentist. Your Dentist will immediately recognize the difference. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a cold or allergies?

Is there a way to know if I have a cold or allergies?

Cold or allergies: Colds are commonly associated with fever and body aches, allergies do not have systemic symptoms except for fatigue. Nasal congestion usually is associated with sneezing and water itchy eyes. Allergies last longer than 3-5 days, the typical duration of a cold. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a cold or hay fever?

How to tell if I have a cold or hay fever?

Treatment: Time. Allergies should get better with treatment. You need a stepped approach to treatment. Eliminate the allergen, go on loratidine or cetrizine, talk to your eye doctor. ...Read more

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How do you know if a headache is normal, or if it is a symptom of a stroke?

How do you know if a headache is normal, or if it is a symptom of a stroke?

Usually not painful: There are two types of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are from a lack of blood flow. Hemorrhagic strokes are from bleeding into the brain. To recognize a stroke, look for asymmetry in the face, difficulty with speaking and weakness on one side of the body. While hemorrhagic strokes can cause pain, ischemic strokes are more common and are not painful. ...Read more

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If you have a cold how do you know, if it is viral or a infection?

If you have a cold how do you know, if it is viral or a infection?

Infection: This is a condition caused by another organism, whether virus, bacteria, fungal, parasitic, etc. If you have a typical "cold" with congestion, sore throat, runny nose, etc. it is likely to to due a virus, but if you simply have sore throat you want to be checked to be sure it is not due to Strep infection. Hope this clears soon. ...Read more

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It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

It just a cold or is it hay fever? How can I tell?

Cold vs. Hay fever: Colds often occur during the late fall/winter, lasting several days; seasonal allergies occur during the spring and late summer/early fall pollen seasons lasting weeks. Colds may have fever, sore throat, discolored drainage, body aches, cough; allergies symptoms may include itching eyes, nose and throat, sneezing and clear drainage. Allergy symptoms may be worse outdoors with pollen exposure. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

Get tested: Testing for asthma is a very simple process. It is mostly dependent on your oral history of attacks, when where and why. Respiratory infections can also be diagnosed through routine tests. If you think you are having symptoms of either, please get checked by your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a cold, the flu, or allergies?

How can I know if this is a cold, the flu, or allergies?

Med eval can: Differentiate. In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. Allergies should not carry a fever, the aching, severity of sxs ; occur with triggers. ...Read more

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Hi can you have bronchitis without a fever?. And how do you know if you have it is there a test for it?. Where can u buy it what's the symptoms of it.

Hi can you have bronchitis without a fever?. And how do you know if you have it is there a test for it?. Where can u buy it what's the symptoms of it.

Lotta coffin: Yes, you can have what's called "bronchitis" without a fever, or much else but a cough. The cough can vary and also what you may spit-up. At your age if you DON'T have a fever or spitting up bad-tasting glarp, then it's a cough, variously called "bronchitis," "viral syndrome," or something else that sounds official. But if it's intense, frequent and annoying, see your doctor, it could be pertussis ...Read more

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When can you tell whether or not an excruciating sore throat is a cold? How?

When can you tell whether or not an excruciating sore throat is a cold? How?

Sxs: Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue & rash. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to >>. ...Read more