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How can you tell the difference between a moderately bad cold and a mild flu?

How can you tell the difference between a moderately bad cold and a mild flu?

Coughing and congest: The difference between a cold and flu is the presence of coughing and congestion in a cold and may be not so much fever. Patients with flu have higher fever and bodyache. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Also called an upper respiratory tract infection (URI), this is a condition where the nose or throat is infected by a virus, causing redness and inflammation, runny nose, ...Read more


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What is the difference between a head cold and regular cold? How can i tell?

What is the difference between a head cold and regular cold? How can i tell?

Same: Dear Melissa, Colds are generally caused by viruses. Medical professionals define colds by location of symptoms, sinusitis (forehead/cheek) or laryngitis (throat) or upper respiratory infection (bronchitis), otitis media (ear infection). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

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How can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

Sometimes difficult: but except in very severe cases of allergy, people don't lose appetite with allergy which is also not associated with a fever. Allergy may also be seasonal. Cold is more common when school starts and in the winter, allergy in the warmer months. Cold is not relieved by antihistamine which does reduce allergic symptoms. Hope these points are helpful. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between impetego and a cold sore? Thanks

How can you tell the difference between impetego and a cold sore? Thanks

Usually by: Its appearance, but need cultures to make sure. Treatment is different, so it is kind of important to see a doctor, who will be able to tell you which it is. Impetigo is caused by bacteria and cold sores by a virus. Cultures take few days to come back, and results might be too late for effective treatment. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference of a cold or allergies!?

How can I tell the difference of a cold or allergies!?

Difficult: Alot of the symptoms of a cold and allergy overlap. However, allergy does not give a fever and cold will resolve within a week or so. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is a difference between a cold sore and a fat lip?

Docs can you explain what is a difference between a cold sore and a fat lip?

Infection vs trauma: Cold sores (also called fever blisters.) groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial infection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected wi. ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?

I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?

Cannot predict: Telling the difference between these may be nearly impossible. Both should resolve quickly and should disappear within several days. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What are the differences between allergies and a cold? How can I tell which one I have?

What are the differences between allergies and a cold? How can I tell which one I have?

A few differences: It can be tricky, but there are differences. Allergies tend to occur in the spring and fall; colds more often in summer and winter. Itchy eyes goes more for allergies; starting out with a sore throat is more typical of a cold. And allergies are more likely to respond to antihistamines than colds. ...Read more

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How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

How do the symptoms differ between just a regular cold and mono?

Mono more miserable: A regular cold, caused by one of over 100 strains of cold viruses, usually causes a couple days of mild fever, some runny nose & cough for a week, and a few days of aches & tiredness. Mono, from ebv virus, can seem like a cold at first, but symptoms last longer and can cause prolonged fatigue. Tonsils and neck glands (lymph nodes) get swollen. Symptoms not seen in colds can occur, such as rashes. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore and an ulcer?

I want to know what is the difference between a cold sore and an ulcer?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. Canker sores are ulcerations. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a bad headache or a migrane?

How can I tell the difference between a bad headache or a migrane?

MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Migraine headache is chronic, episodic, severe, unilateral, throbbing with aura.Dx are normal neurologic findings. Bad headaches are associated with neurologic findings and diseases like cva, aneurysms, hpn, etc. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a virus?

How can you tell the difference between food poisoning and a virus?

It's generally moot: Staph food poisoning is very severe, very sudden, and very brief. Other food poisoning outbreaks will affect multiple eaters almost identically. The gastrointestinal viruses run in small outbreaks in particular seasons. The two entities are seldom distinguished s they are self-limited. Salmonella and shigella might be cultured from the stool -- infections, not poisoning. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a sinus infection and a bad col? I also have a history of pneumonia and bronchitis

How can I tell the difference between a sinus infection and a bad col? I also have a history of pneumonia and bronchitis

Snot, pain, temp CMD: Cold can cause fever, headache, stuffy nose, clear to light colored discharge. Sinus infection more likely days into a cold; often with face or dental pain (often 1 sided), thicker, yellow/green nasal discharge. Both can have cough, ear pain/discomfort, ear symptoms, vertigo. Sinus often after cold, improvement, then worsening again. Plane travel, scuba risk. Given pulm hx: call ur doc. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between thrush and a symptom of measles

How do I tell the difference between thrush and a symptom of measles

Measles=very sick: Patients with measles are very ill, with fever, lethargy and a rash which starts behind the ears and progresses down the body.There may be a few white dots inside the mouth. Thrush is a minor illness with white patches on the insides of the cheeks or on the tongue and lips, usually without fever or other signs of systemic illness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Can you tell me what is the difference between common cold and flu and should I take my medicine?

Flu vs Cold: 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. Most people do continue to take their regular medications. ...Read more

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How can you tell the diffrence between strep and a virus?

How can you tell the diffrence between strep and a virus?

Throat swab: Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell. On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

How to tell the difference between a cold and allergies?

Cold and allergies: Colds usually come with systemic symptoms of body aches and low grade fever. With allergies you generaly feel well except for your nasal symptoms. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between the flu and a virus that has flu like symptoms?

Different viruses: The differences are that they are caused by different species of viruses that can have common symptoms but can have different frequencies and severities of complications. Influenza, parainfluenza, RSV and coronaviruses all can present with identical symptoms. ...Read more