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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

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Fever (Definition)

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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 signs and symptoms of dengue fever?

What are the signs and symptoms of dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: According to the center for disease control & prevention, dengue fever can present with high fevers (i.e. 104 f) with accompanying symptoms like muscle & joint pain, severe headches, intense pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands & rash. Severe dengue can lead to drop in body temperature, bloody gums or vomitus, severe abdominal pain, difficulty breathing & restlessness. ...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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What are the pregnancy symptoms that come by the 2nd week? Can flu-like symptoms be a sign of pregnancy?

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

No: Flu like symptoms are not symptoms of pregnancy. Some early symptoms of pregnancy are fatigue, breast soreness, urinary frequency, appetite changes, nausea but not achiness or fever which are common with flu ...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

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I started with a stuffy nose, now its a running nose, its been two days. Is this a first sign of the cold or flu? No other symptoms present.

I started with a stuffy nose, now its a running nose, its been two days. Is this a first sign of the cold or flu? No other symptoms present.

Cold vs allergy.: 2 most likely causes cold vs allergy. Take OTC decongestant or allergy meds. No need to see MD unless symptoms progress. ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms in 2ww ttc, is this a possible early pregnancy sign, now on cycle day 22 of 28 day cycle had other common symtoms too for a few days?

Flu like symptoms in 2ww ttc, is this a possible early pregnancy sign, now on cycle day 22 of 28 day cycle had other common symtoms too for a few days?

Wishful thinking.: Unfortunately a flulike illness is a flulike illness. Some people say that pregnancy will decrease your immune system however it would not present as a flulike illness. ...Read more

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What could cause flu like symptoms with fatigue blood work is normal no sign of infection?

What could cause flu like symptoms with fatigue blood work is normal no sign of infection?

Many possibilites: Viral infections often produce little to no evidence of infection on CBC, esp. if no previous WBC differential to compare with, may only result in a shift of more lymphocyte to neutrophils than baseline, if that. Additionally, the symptoms are a systemic response to virus, if present; not necessarily caused by virus. As Soul?Mind?Brain?Body creatures, symptoms can response to a variety of stimuli. ...Read more

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If a person has a cold (respiratory symptoms) and a flu (vomiting) simultaneously is that a sign of HIV or another immunocompromising illness?

Respiratory and GI : No, definitely not. It is not at all uncommon to have both respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms simultaneously with a flu-like or other viral infection. This in no way suggests an immune compromised condition. ...Read more

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I have a stubborn friend showing sure signs of jaundice. Yellow eyes, skin, vomiting and other flu symptoms. I say go to er. Am i right?

I have a stubborn friend showing sure signs of jaundice. Yellow eyes, skin, vomiting and other flu symptoms. I say go to er. Am i right?

Jaundiced?: His/her symptoms, when considered together, suggest early onset jaundice due to a liver problem, bile duct/gallbladder problem, or pancreatic disease. This can be serious, may worsen, & deserves urgent physical examination & lab testing. Please get him/her to see a doctor or to present to the emergency room. And absolutely no alcohol. Yes, you're right on the money! ...Read more

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