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Doctor insights on: Internal Itchy Ribs Sensation From A Cold Or Flu

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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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Common Cold (Definition)

An 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


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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

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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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I currently have the flu, and developed a strange itchy rash on the middle of my chest, what could cause this?

I currently have the flu, and developed a strange itchy rash on the middle of my chest, what could cause this?

Mgt: Viral illnesses may be associated with a rash. Other causes include allergy reactions, for example to medication. If there are blisters, open sores or discharge, bleeding, please see your PCP.
I would advise taking an anti histamine, but if it persists please be seen. ...Read more

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Have heartburn/tight chest & full body rash (itchy, little red dots, irritating behind ear)- flu shot given 5 days ago, s/s started 1 day later.?

Have heartburn/tight chest & full body rash (itchy, little red dots, irritating behind ear)- flu shot given 5 days ago, s/s started 1 day later.?

Viral exanthem: This could be a viral rash, but you can't discount other possible causes exanthems can be caused by toxins or drugs, microorganisms, or can result from autoimmune disease. It could be related to the flu shot, but not necessarily.

A visit to the medical doctor could be warranted here. ...Read more

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21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

Possible vasculitis: I would have an ANCA panel checked, especially with you saying you're having hematuria and proteinuria. There are a few conditions we refer to as pulmonary renal syndromes and they are all a type of vasculitis. Some of the names are Wegener's and Goodpasture's. ...Read more

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My chest feels tight but don't have a cold or flu like symthoms?

My chest feels tight but don't have a cold or flu like symthoms?

Chest tightness: Various causes of this symptom include muscular tension, asthma or other lung disease, heart disease, or even gas entrapment or esophageal inflammation, hiatal hernia. Your physician will take a thorough history, perform a physical examination and order appropriate tests in order to reach a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Toddler 1yr 3months gets a phlegmy, wheezy and tight chest whenever he gets a cold or flu with high to fever temperature. He has been on an off like this for 2 months. He has been to a paed. When this occurs he gets nebbed every 4 hrs when required?

Toddler 1yr 3months gets a phlegmy, wheezy and tight chest whenever he gets a cold or flu with high to fever temperature. He has been on an off like this for 2 months. He has been to a paed. When this occurs he gets nebbed every 4 hrs when required?

Wheezes: Many young children get bronchiolitis when they get a viral illness. Which is tightening of the small airways in the lungs. Albuterol can occasionally open up those small airways easing the child's symptoms ...Read more

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Why cant u answ. Question. Is this a cold or flu. Tightnes chest, throat, headache, nasal swelling is Robitussin ok?

Why cant u answ. Question. Is this a cold or flu. Tightnes chest, throat, headache, nasal swelling is Robitussin ok?

Variable: A number of viral illnesses have similar-idenbtical symptoms.
There are specific tests for influenza.
Most respond to similar treatments for viral illnesses. Rest, clear the nasal passage, keep hydrated. And time.

Robitussin helps the cough. ...Read more

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I have what feels like a cold no sorethroat nor fever a day ago a itchy localized rash on my chest came that's slightly risen red spots. What is this?

I have what feels like a cold no sorethroat nor fever a day ago a itchy localized rash on my chest came that's slightly risen red spots. What is this?

Doctor can evaluate: Rashes can be hard to figure out without looking at them. Cold symptoms can be seen with colds, strep throat, flu, allergies, etc... A rash can happen sometimes if a person's body is reacting to the germ causing the cold symptoms (sort of like an allergic reaction). Strep throat bacteria can make a toxin that causes reddish rashes. Over-the-counter antihistamines may decrease rashes and itching. ...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. I'm 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. I'm 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?

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

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I have colds and flu right now and when I drink paracetamol and ibuprofen ill get an itchy ears is it alarming?

I have colds and flu right now and when I drink paracetamol and ibuprofen ill get an itchy ears is it alarming?

See PCP, CHECK EAR: You may have adverse effect of drug but you need to see your primary to evaluate your itchying particularly in your ear and might need to see your ear with otoscope to evaluate for possible ear inflammation due to common cold you have. ...Read more

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8mo with runny nose (clear during the day but thick & green @ night), watery itchy eyes, sneezing & cough. No fever so far. Allergy, flu, or cold?

8mo with runny nose (clear during the day but thick & green @ night), watery itchy eyes, sneezing & cough. No fever so far. Allergy, flu, or cold?

Allergy: The itching points to allergy and not cold or flu. It appears that the baby may have eczema as well judging from the topical steroid use. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC cold medicine for 10 yr old healthy child? Running nose, itchy throat with mucus, sneezing, headache- no fever, no flu symptoms

What is the best OTC cold medicine for 10 yr old healthy child? Running nose, itchy throat with mucus, sneezing, headache- no fever, no flu symptoms

Ibuprofen and Honey: Believe it or not, raw honey, 1 to 2 teaspoons every 4 to 6 hours, is very beneficial. Also a good dose of Ibuprofen every 6 hours can be greatly helpful. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my chest. Red and bumpy also itchy and spreading quick. Burn to itch? No fever? What could be going on?

I have a rash on my chest. Red and bumpy also itchy and spreading quick. Burn to itch? No fever? What could be going on?

Hives: Sounds like hives versus contact dermatitis. Try non-sedating antihistamines and over the counter topical anti-itch cream to see if that helps. Will work for either. Just know that higher doses than simply one tablet of the antihistamine are usually needed to control the itch. I often start off with twice daily dosing and increase as needed to control the hives. ...Read more

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I had a fever 1 month ago and this month I have non itchy rashes on my face and chest and upper back all is gone but only the one at my upper back the?

I had a fever 1 month ago and this month I have non itchy rashes on my face and chest and upper back all is gone but only the one at my upper back the?

Can't tell: You need to be examined, rashes or skin problems cannot be managed without examination, at least inspection, so kindly see your doctor or a dermatologist, good luck ...Read more

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I had a fever 1 month ago and the next month I had a non itchy rashes on my chest and face and upper back all is gone only the one at my upper bac?

I had a fever 1 month ago and the next month I had a non itchy rashes on my chest and face and upper back all is gone only the one at my upper bac?

Allergic vs Scarlet: If you have a rash that we can look at it would be helpful to give you a better idea. If some of the rash disappeared then it's less likely to be anything serious. I doubt it was scarlet fever based on what you have described but it's possible.
Other causes could be allergic reaction or medication reaction.
I would watch and see if the fever comes back, if so please contact a doctor. ...Read more

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I have broken out in itchy spots all over my body (mostly on my face, chest and back) frequent headaches but no fever. Could it be chicken pox?

I have broken out in itchy spots all over my body (mostly on my face, chest and back) frequent headaches but no fever. Could it be chicken pox?

It's possible: Chicken pox is rash associated virus where the rash looks like little blisters. If you have a rash like this and it continues to spread, then you might have pox. Check on internet for pictures. The treatment is supprtive with benadryl for itching and calamine lotion or caladrul lotion on lesions. Tylenol (acetaminophen) for any fever or discomfort. If you start to feel very ill with a high fever, see your doctor ...Read more

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I have red itchy spots on neck & chest Sore throat, horrible taste in mouth, nausea, headache & fever what could it be?

I have red itchy spots on neck & chest Sore throat, horrible taste in mouth, nausea, headache & fever what could it be?

? Scarlet Fever?: Symptoms of sore throat, fever, nausea and rash can be due to Scarlet Fever which is a rash that accompanies a strep throat. The reddish rash starts on the head and neck and spreads to the body and extremities. The treatment is penicillin or other antibiotics. It's important to see a physician to see if you need antibiotics ...Read more