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Does the flu start as a head cold no fever or cough?

Does the flu start as a head cold no fever or cough?

Sounds like a Cold: I typically find that the actual "flu" - the disease caused by the Influenza Virus - starts as a rapid onset of fever and chills, often with a dry, non-productive cough, and usually accompanied by chills, body aches, and fatigue. What you are describing sounds more like a viral cold, or perhaps even an allergy to something, considering the lack of fever. ...Read more

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What is the flu?

What is the flu?

A nasty virus: "flu" is often applied to any virus kids get, (like "stomach flu") but specifically it refers to influenza virus, a respiratory virus that causes cough, fever, fatigue, vomiting, and sometimes lower respiratory issues like bronchitis and pneumonia. There can be a high fever, chills, and dehydration lasting 3-4 days, and a week or two of fatigue afterwards. Only protection is vaccination. ...Read more

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How is the flu treated?

How is the flu treated?

Influenza: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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I think I may have the flu?

I think I may have the flu?

Managing flu: We're in flu season, but so far there's been minimal influenza in most of the US. There are however many other causes of viral illness (colds, and upper respiratory illness). Treatment is still rest, fluids, and acetaminophen or ibupofen for fever and aches. If you haven't already had one this year, now's a great time to get a flu shot! See your doctor if high fever, chest pain, or short of breath. ...Read more

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I have got the flu?

I have got the flu?

Many have the flu: Flu season is here. As with all infectious diseases, some people are more likely to catch a disease, while others are less likely to. A person who has close contact with many other people will be exposed to more sick people, and will be more likely to catch the flu. Someone who has no protection from past flu shots or flu illnesses, will more easily get the disease after exposure to the viruses. ...Read more

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Can you die from the flu?

Can you die from the flu?

Yes, get flu vaccine: Yes, you can die from the flu. I assume when you say flu you mean influenza. There are vaccines to prevent influenza such as the flu shot and the intranasal flu vaccine (flumist). They have been proven to reduce the frequency of death from influenza. I recommend the vaccine for my patients even when they say, "i've gotten the flu shot for the last three years and every year I got really sick! ". ...Read more

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What's f good for the flu?

What's f good for the flu?

Flu: A flu shot to prevent it is best. It is about 80% effective. Tamiflu pills if you catch it in the first two days. After that chickensoup, Aspirin or tylenol, (acetaminophen) vitamin c, zinc, . Rest and fluids. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the flu?

The flu: According to mayo clinic flu sxs may include “fever over 100f (38c), aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, chills ; sweats, headache, dry cough, fatigue and weakness, nasal congestion.” children may experience nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain when they have influenza. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the flu?

The symptoms include: Fever, body aches, fatigue are usually the main symptoms. Patients can also have sore throat, ear pain and cough as part of their presentation for the flu.
Hope this was helpfull. ...Read more

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What should you take for the flu a?

What should you take for the flu a?

Vaccine and anti: Viral medication. Anti-virall medications, requiring prescription, can shorten the illness by a couple of days if started early. Best thing to do is to get vaccinated to prevent flu. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/. ...Read more

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What are the first couple of symptoms of the flu?

What are the first couple of symptoms of the flu?

Flu: Most of the time by interviewing people their first symptoms are tiredness, feeling of malady, or listlessness, then comes the body aches and fever and headaches and the upper respiratory symptoms. Unfortunately we treat people when the highlight symptoms are present and not before. ...Read more

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What are signs of the flu. Is flu dangerous for me?

What are signs of the flu. Is flu dangerous for me?

Many: Fever, body aches, fatigue, bone aches. Think real bad cold but a thousand times worse. It can be dangerous for the very young and people with chronic medical problems. ...Read more

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Please explain which excatly causes you to die from the flu?

Please explain which excatly causes you to die from the flu?

Influenza Deaths: Deaths related to influenza are due to complications such as: a secondary bacterial infection (like pneumonia) or due to worsening of pre-existing conditions (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure or immunodeficiency, etc.) ...Read more

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What are the flu symptoms for 2011?

What are the flu symptoms for 2011?

The same like before: Fever above than38 c or higher
stuffy nose or running
dry cough
sore throat
wide spread muscle ache sever
extreme fatigue
headache
if you have those more than 48 hours most likely you have the flu. ...Read more

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How would I know if I have the flu?

Flu Symptoms: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. The diagnosis of flu can be medically confirmed. ...Read more

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What is the causative agent of the flu?

A Virus: Like the common cold, and many other illnesses, the flu is caused by a virus. Antibiotics will not help with treating a virus and the best defense is inoculation with an anti-flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Why is it that I have never had the flu?

You may have had the: Flu but have had symptoms that were mild. In this situation it may just seem like any other viral upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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How to know if I have the flu or something else?

Flu vs Cold: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, 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. ...Read more

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Everyone gets the flu. It's not dangerous is it?

Everyone gets the flu. It's not dangerous is it?

Define "flu": The everyday "common" flu is not dangerous. The influenza flu, which we can get vaccinated for, can be serious to the elderly, infants, and those who are immune compromised (i.e. Chemotherapy patients, etc.). It is estimated that there are approximately 30, 000 deaths per year due to the influenza flu. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know for sure that you have the flu?

Is there a way to know for sure that you have the flu?

Yes: Ther is a test for infulanza a+b fast test to see if you have those types fast and simpl. ...Read more

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What is the flu medicine called oscillococcinum made of?

What is the flu medicine called oscillococcinum made of?

Oscillococcinum: Oscillococcinum is reported to contain extract of Muscovy Duck liver and heart. ...Read more

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My mom has the flu, I don't want it, but like helping her?

My mom has the flu, I don't want it, but like helping her?

Vaccinated?: Good luck- hopefully, you were vaccinated for this year's season.

However, if you want to help your mother physically, then it's unlikely you can avoid exposure to the virus. Therefore, you can minimize exposure by wearing protective glasses as well as a surgical mask to avoid droplets. Washing of hands is also very effective. ...Read more

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I've had the flu for 6days should igo to the doctor?

If you are still sic: If you are still sick than go to the doctor but mild flu without complication can get better by itself and if you are recovering than you may do what you have been doing. ...Read more