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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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I woke up and have the chills and feel feverish. Its summer, could it be influenza?

Possibly: Less likely this time of year. Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches & pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ...Read more

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Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

Could influenza cause chills and extreme body aches without any cold symptoms?

It is possible: Every patient responds to viral infections a bit differently. Most patients get typical symptoms of cough, runny nose and sore throat along with chills or body aches. Alternatively, your symptoms above may progress to a typical influenza presentation. Give your body rest and be sure to wash your hands :) ...Read more

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Got sick about week ago. Had chills/fever at night. Woke up better, had to get influenza shot (military) week later.. Still sore throat l/cough mucus?

Got sick about week ago. Had chills/fever at night. Woke up better, had to get influenza shot (military) week later.. Still sore throat l/cough mucus?

Mgt: Your illness may still be caused by influenza. Other possible causes include Strep throat. I would suggest having a Strep screening test. At this point,Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is not likely to be needed. If you have any respiratory difficulty such as shortness of breath, please see the ED. ...Read more

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How long can the fever last in a kid with diagnosed influenza A?

How long can the fever last in a kid with diagnosed influenza A?

5-7 days: Is the usual but possible up to 10 days. If he/she gets worse during this time have them re examined often they can develop a secondary infection such as an ear infection that requires additional treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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How long does fever technically last if u have influenza a . My son is 11 and has had fever since mon am. Fever was gone all day then up tonight.

How long does fever technically last if u have influenza a . My son is 11 and has had fever since mon am. Fever was gone all day then up tonight.

Watch it tonight: A return of significant fever (>101-102) after a day or so without may be a sign a secondary infection like pneumonia is setting in.If the fever persists tonight, call the office in the morning and seek direction on what more to do.An evaluation and further study may be in order. ...Read more

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My 13 month old son was diagnosed with influenza a how long is the fever going to last?

My 13 month old son was diagnosed with influenza a how long is the fever going to last?

Influenza: The infection from the flu can last longer than most other viral infections but it is different in every individual. Hopefully your doctor gave your baby tamiflu (oseltamivir) to help treat the illness and thereby shorten the duration. It still takes close monitoring of young patients for any complications. ...Read more

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How come I have not heard about avian influenza for a long time? Is it still prevalent?

How come I have not heard about avian influenza for a long time? Is it still prevalent?

Has never been : Avian influenza has yet to make the leap into large numbers of humans and so far the majority of cases have been in farmers, bird handlers or others who have contact with birds. ...Read more

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I have influenza and I am taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) i just wanted to know how long I am contages for while taking the tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

I have influenza and I am taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) i just wanted to know how long I am contages for while taking the tamiflu (oseltamivir)?

5to7daysFromTheStart: Influenza is contagious and can spread from the day before the symptoms appear and to the time Flu leaves the body. Flu lasts in the body an average of 1 week in adults but in children the symptoms may last for up to two weeks So one one can spread the flu to close contacts before one knows that he/she is sick You are contagious for 5 to7 days after symptoms develop ...Read more

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Dear d.c. my girl friend got bad influenza and it last for almost 1month. yet she still doesn't recovery.every year she must get it normally lasting2m?

Dear d.c. my girl friend got bad influenza and it last for almost 1month. yet she still doesn't recovery.every year she must get it normally lasting2m?

Influenza itself: doesn't last that long. Please have her discuss other possible diagnoses with her doctor. If she hasn't been seen and examined by her doctor, please have her do so. ...Read more

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Are we still on pandemic alert for any influenza strains, or that died off last year?

Are we still on pandemic alert for any influenza strains, or that died off last year?

No: The world health organization website (www.Who.Org) is the best place to find information about pandemics. According to this, the h1n1 influenza pandemic is now in the post-pandemic period, but some outburst can be expected. Another place to find information about diseases epidemics and pandemic is the cdc website (wwwcdc.Gov). Please, check it before making any trip abroad. ...Read more

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Just got over influenza last week and now I have a fever and severe headache on left side temple. Neck is also stiff what could it be?

Just got over influenza last week and now I have a fever and severe headache on left side temple.  Neck is also stiff what could it be?

Any earpain,Sore thr: After a viral syndrome, sometimes middle ear infections, sinusitis, tonsillitis/pharyngitis can happen. At the same time also aseptic meningitis can happen. Any medications you took , can sometimes can lead to a condn. Like pseudotumor cerebri especially analgesics. Do you have any nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light when look at, irritability, confusion. Considering the weekend go to er/call pcp. ...Read more

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My 6 month was sick w/ influenza..Almost one week, now he has runny nose n drycough..What can I do to ease his comfort.?And how long it takes?

My 6 month was sick w/ influenza..Almost one week, now he has runny nose n drycough..What can I do to ease his comfort.?And how long it takes?

May require MD exam-: Due his young age & the known increased rate of flu complications at this age, the safest answer should include a visit with your pediatrician. Pneumonia, ear infections, bronchiolitis, etc. May be masquerading behind the cough & runny nose symptoms that you describe. Hopefully, none of these coexist wih your baby's flu. But, worrisome is the fact that september is a bit early for flu to appear. ...Read more

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I had an influenza- like illness last week (tested negative). Now I have petechia on both legs from my ankles to hips, I otherwise feel good now. ?

I had an influenza- like illness last week (tested negative). Now I have petechia on both legs from my ankles to hips, I otherwise feel good now. ?

See doctor: Petechia can be a sign of inflammation of the blood vessels, called vasculitis. Even though you feel better, I suggest you have your doctor take a look, and probably do some simple blood tests to look for signs of inflammation and check your platelet count (platelets help in blood clotting). Call today. May be nothing, but it's best to get checked. ...Read more

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I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

I hav talking induced dry cough that last for several weeks after exposure to cold air,air condition& after influenza infection.any help about reasons?

Reactive airways: Hello Tarek, Sometimes after a severe respiratory infection, the cough can linger for a few months. The airways can become inflamed and spasm. Certain triggers can cause this to occur including excessive talking, laughing and cold air. If it persists beyond a couple of months, you should see your local doctor to ensure that there is not another reason for the cough. Pamela Svendsen, MD ...Read more

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I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza,sepsis,2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing.how long??

I was in the hospital for 8 days with strep, which turned to toxic shock and influenza,sepsis,2 types of pneumonia. 1month, still coughing.how long??

Weeks: Provided you are not having fevers chills night sweats you are in the healing phase. The illness you had was severe not routine pneumonia by any standard. After pneumonia its not uncommon to have shortness of breathe and a cough for several weeks after. Some extend beyond a month ...Read more

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5 weeks since i feel dehydrated & fatigue. Last week, my influenza ab swipe test was negative. I took azithromycin. Felt good 1st day. Now back to same.

5 weeks since i feel dehydrated & fatigue. Last week, my influenza ab swipe test was negative. I took azithromycin. Felt good 1st day. Now back to same.

See details: The symptoms you have are nonspecific and are usually related to viral infections. However, the length of time you have noted the problems is greater than the usual viral. Therefore, your doctor needs to look for other causes, both infectious and non-infectious. ...Read more

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Chills (Definition)

Chills = sensation ...Read more