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What are the signs and symptoms of the flu and how are they different from a cold?

What are the signs and symptoms of the flu and how are they different from a cold?

Flu more severe: They can be very similar, but influenza has more severe systemic (body) symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle aches. ...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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What are signs and symptoms of the flu versus the common cold?

What are signs and symptoms of the flu versus the common cold?

Overlap but severity: Most people have frequent "cold" which are usually caused by rhinovirus, adenoviruses and others small viruses - the body usually confines these to the upper respiratory tract and usually fights them off in 2-5 days. Over 5-10 days the flu can spread down into the lungs, causes high fevers, muscle pain, joint pain and more rarely lead to severe pneumonia requiring ventilator support and death. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of a cold and how are they like the flu?

Signs and symptoms of a cold and how are they like the flu?

Milder: Colds are typically more mild in terms of signs and symptoms in comparison to a flu. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms in most patients with ms?

What are the early signs and symptoms in most patients with ms?

Classical onset: Unilateral loss of vision, loss of balance and coordination, electrical shocks down back on flexion of neck, weakness and stiffness in legs, but also, more subtle, including focal weakness, fatigue, cognitive deterioration, double vision, dizziness, etc. Important, these presentations may be associated with other illnesses, and, in themselves are not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Not experiencing cough symptoms by current flu A/h3n2, is this a good sign or rather not?

Not experiencing cough symptoms by current flu A/h3n2, is this a good sign or rather not?

Are you sure: Are you sure this is the true flu. To be entirely sure you need lab proof. If you have some viral illness it may present much the same. to have the true influenza which is the flu then you usually have a cough. If you do not then it is unlikely the flu although it would mean a mild type of flu. ...Read more

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Is it common to have flu like symptoms before period? Is it a sign of perimenopause?

Is it common to have flu like symptoms before period? Is it a sign of perimenopause?

You could have PMS: Sx's prior to menses. 35 years old would definitely be pretty young for perimenopause. Premenstrual syndrome (pms) symptoms can include pelvic/ abdominal cramping, nausea, bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, pain ; swelling of breasts, feeling tired, insomnia, headaches, ^ acne, food cravings, ^ appetite, swelling of hands ; feet, dizziness, thinking less clearly, urinary sxs ;. ...Read more

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Can flu-like symptoms be a sign of pregnancy? also, what are the pregnancy symptoms that come by the 2nd week?

Can flu-like symptoms be a sign of pregnancy? also, what are the pregnancy symptoms that come by the 2nd week?

No: Flu like symptoms are not the sign of pregnancy. Pregnancy may have symptoms like sleepiness, nausea, headache and besides missed periods one can have breast engorged and tender. Of course these vary from women to women. ...Read more