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How Long Does Chills Associated With Influenza Last
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
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
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
Influenza since last Tuesday. Finished tamiflu (oseltamivir) yesterday. Fever and yucky feeling returning. Why? How long will I have a fever?
New flu bug: Or old bug gone, but the secondary consequences still hanging around. Keep resting and drink fluids. ...Read more
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
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
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)?
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 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
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
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
I got treated for influenza a, doctors made me stay in the hospital for 4 days, discharged me but asked me to wear a mask. How long am I contagious?
Unsure: Why you need a mask. It's probably a decision more of culture than medicine ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
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
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 it's not uncommon to have shortness of breathe and a cough for several weeks after. Some extent beyond a month ...Read more
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.
I had Influenza A last week, now a cold. I cough to the point of gagging. I do not smoke, my throat is not sore but I'm hoarse. Can I make this better?
I've been having nosebleeds; 1 a day, for the past 4-5 days. The last 1 was severe. Recently had a typhoid & influenza vaccine, is this related?
Nose bleed: Most nose bleeds can be attributed to severe dryness of the nasal mucosa causing capillaries to break. This dryness can be caused by allergies. I do not think there is a relationship between the vaccines and nose bleed. Over the counter nasal mists can help in preventing further nose bleeds. If continues seek consultation with your primary doctor. ...Read more
Influenza since Tuesday. Was feeling better last night. Woke up today miserable. Why? Cough is now productive and eyes are watery/goopy. What's wrong?
Treatment: This is normal for the flu. Are you on an antiviral to treat the flu? There have been a lot of deaths from the flu this year but we do have effective antivirals that can help. If you haven't been seen and treated, you need to be. The earlier you start meds the sooner you'll feel better. ...Read more
My son has Influenza and has spent a long time in bed. He has no feeling in his legs, from the knee down. Could it be trapped nerves in his knees?
See doctor: "Trapped nerves" present differently. He needs to see a physician ...Read more
Can allergic-influenza rhinitis last 2 months with dry cough and dry, bloody-fatty nasal Ep. with edema at nasal back? Clean Thorax and nasal Röntgen.
M.D. visit: From your history and description, these symptoms may represent an allergic reaction which can cause red irritated eyes and nasal passages. Sinusitis caused by an infection is also possible, but the drainage would be thick and fever is typically associated. I would suggest a nasal steroid and taking the loratadine daily until the symptoms improve. Your physician will also screen you for asthma. ...Read more
Influenza since wednesday morn. Fever comes and goes last two days. 103 tonight. Took to doc today and said ears/lungs/throat ok just wait it out. Is that good advice. She's only 4 1/2?
Flu prevention: The best way to keep from getting flu is to maintain good hand hygiene. Regular handwashing and/or use of hand wipes or gels if you cannot get to soap and water goes a long way in minimizing your risk of acquiring infection. Try to do this after handling objects in public places. Getting the annual flu shot may also minimize your risk. ...Read more
See below: Most likely not, but if concerned, see your doc for an evaluation to give more info than given here. ...Read more