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I don't know if I have cold or flu. My ears feel itchy inside. Is this normal?

I don't know if I have cold or flu. My ears feel itchy inside. Is this normal?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Cold or flu? I have allergies. First 24hrs - runny nose and itchy eyes; 48hrs - nose, mucus in chest, throbbing n lymph nodes, headache, appetite loss

Cold or flu? I have allergies. First 24hrs - runny nose and itchy eyes; 48hrs - nose, mucus in chest, throbbing n lymph nodes, headache, appetite loss

Viral infection: Your symptoms are likely an acute viral illness. Your family physician can easily treat this if over the counter meds are not helpful or symptoms worsen. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Headache, sore throat, itchy ears, muscle ache, fatigue, runny nose, loss of appetite, hot and cold, dizzy. Cold or flu?

Cardinal signs of: Influenza are sudden onset of high fever( 101 or higher with hard chills/sweats),body/muscle pain,respiratory symptoms(cough,runny nose).Easy to test for rapidly.Important to diagnose and treat within 48 hours of onset of symptoms.Anti-viral flu medicine works best if started within this 48 hour window. ...Read more

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What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external :( I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external :(
I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

Allergies/reaction: This sensation of itchiness can be caused by allergies. If it is only happening when you have the flu then it is probably caused by your bodies reaction to the infection. When we get infected our immune system sends out cells that release substances to rid us of the infection. Sometimes these substances cause inflammation and itchiness as part of the healing process. ...Read more

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My throat feels itchy not scratchy or painful. I feel that I need to cough to relieve it. Allergies or upcoming cold/flu?

My throat feels itchy not scratchy or painful. I feel that I need to cough to relieve it. Allergies or upcoming cold/flu?

Probably allergy: since cold/flu is not associated with itching. There is a condition known as pollen-fruit or oral allergy syndrome wherein one gets itching mouth/throat from eating certain fruits due to cross-reaction with pollen allergy. Apple, banana, melon, avocado are the more common culprits. Most ,if not all, patients with this issue also suffer from hay fever and/or asthma. ...Read more

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What could cause a 3yr olds eyes to become very itchy during cold/flu?

What could cause a 3yr olds eyes to become very itchy during cold/flu?

Eye secretions: Colds tend to clog up the tear drainage from the eye and cause stagnation on the eye surface of material likely to be irritative and itchy. Keep the eyes clean and keep the child well hydrated and warm. This should pass quicikly. Unless the eyes are red you can self manage this. ...Read more

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I am having problem from runny nose and itchy eyes, itchy throats, I took medicine cold n flu but didn't work my nose is still running. Please help me?

I am having problem from runny nose and itchy eyes, itchy throats, I took medicine cold n flu but didn't work my nose is still running. Please help me?

Allergies: It sounds like you have allergic rhinitis, not a virus. You should take allergy medicine, like claritin, Allegra or zyrtec, with the decongestant if you don't have high blood pressure. Or see your doctor about a nasal steroid spray. ...Read more

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Hi, i just got over a flu/cold and my lungs have been so itch before and after i was sick. Any reason why my lungs are so itchy. Im on an inhaler now.

Hi, i just got over a flu/cold and my lungs have been so itch before and after i was sick. Any reason why my lungs are so itchy. Im on an inhaler now.

Possible asthma: You may benefit from pulmonary function testing and a short burst of steroid therapy if you are asthmatic. Please contact your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I have a bad flu, UTI and an itchy red swollen bottom inner eyelid?!is this some sort of infection?No pain , just itchy.What is it and what should I do?

I have a bad flu, UTI and an itchy red swollen bottom inner eyelid?!is this some sort of infection?No pain , just itchy.What is it and what should I do?

Viral conjunctivitis: Is the most likely cause of your symptoms. The flu virus got into your eyes. If your vision is not affected then just keep the eyes clean and comfortable with chilled artificial tears (but not "get the red out" drops). Change your pillowcase and towels frequently and wash your hands often since you are contagious until the redness is gone. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and just getting over a itchy rash all over my body. Today I feel hot and cold similar to flu like symptoms without the aches pains?

I am breastfeeding and just getting over a itchy rash all over my body. Today I feel hot and cold similar to flu like symptoms without the aches pains?

Possible mastitis: Any time you get chills and fever while breast-feeding, your gynecologist will want to know about it. It's quite common for a nursing mom to develop an infection in her breast, called mastitis. Chills and fever could be an early sign of this, but you will probably get local soreness and redness of one breast and body aches too, if that is what you have. If not very sick, probably a routine virus. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more