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Hi I cleaned out an area with rotten food and mouse droppings using bare hands and 12 hours later I started getting a sore neck and some flu like symp?

Hi I cleaned out an area with rotten food and mouse droppings using bare hands and 12 hours later I started getting a sore neck and some flu like symp?

Skin protects you: Even if you used your bare hands, your skin is your largest organ, and the sole purpose is to protect you from the surrounding environment. Just as a reminder, be sure to wash your hands throughout the day before and after eating, using the bathroom, or doing work. your neck pain and flu symptoms are most likely a coincidence. However, if you don't get better, you should see your Family Doctor. ...Read more

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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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Swollen lymph node in left neck, sore throat, flu, sore on the scrotum which heals overnight and has occurred 3 times in the week. What could it be?

Swollen lymph node in left neck, sore throat, flu, sore on the scrotum which heals overnight and has occurred  3 times in the week. What could it be?

Doctor can evaluate: Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, along with a sore throat and flu symptoms, can be strep throat. The doctor can test a throat swab for a result in 5 minutes. The doctor can look at the scrotum to see if it is some pimple or other skin problem. It is unusual for a sore to be able to heal overnight. ...Read more

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Bit by a tick on back of head a week ago, no rash, sore neck, swollen lymph nodes, flu like symptoms, soreness only getting worse. Should I go to er?

Bit by a tick on back of head a week ago, no rash, sore neck, swollen lymph nodes, flu like symptoms, soreness only getting worse. Should I go to er?

Primary Dr can check: On the west coast, the western black-legged tick can bite humans, and can cause lyme disease, after feeding for 24-48 hours. A lab can test such a tick for lyme disease bacteria. The doctor may treat with antibiotics if the lab finds lyme bacteria, if the bite site has a bull's-eye rash, or if there are other worries... Such as a lot of irritation and maybe a skin infection at the bite site. ...Read more

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Stomach is upset, have a 99.6 temperature, and a sore neck and head. Is this signs of the flu? What can I do to help my side effects.

Stomach is upset, have a 99.6 temperature, and a sore neck and head. Is this signs of the flu? What can I do to help my side effects.

Viral illness: You do not have fever. If you are concerned that this may be early onset of influenza go and get tested and treated if positive. Otherwise, get into bed, rest, keep yourself well hydrated and use an anti-inflammatory to manage some of the symptoms (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Got flu shot a week ago. Every day I've had a headache along with stiff neck. My arm is also bruised and super sore. ?

Got flu shot a week ago. Every day I've had a headache along with stiff neck. My arm is also bruised and super sore. ?

Flu shot: You should be seen by a doctor and assessed to be sure that you have not developed secondary infection at the vaccination site. It is not unusual to develop a day or two of mild symptoms of achiness, possibly headache. A week is too long and the arm should not be "super sore". Good luck. ...Read more

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I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

I have sore throat and real sore stiff neck and headache. Is this just some kind of flu?

Cannot diagnose: Sounds like some type of probably viral illness, but without seeing you and examining you it is impossible to say more. If you feel poorly or this continues, see your pcp. ...Read more

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Had a bad case of Stomach flu. now neck is so stiff and sore and have shooting pain down right arm and can barely move it. Is this serious?

Had a bad case of Stomach flu. now neck is so stiff and sore and have shooting pain down right arm and can barely move it. Is this serious?

ER or Urgent Care: I would advise an ER or Urgent Care evaluation ASAP. While your symptoms may be from a pinched nerve in the neck, there is a chance this could be from meningitis. If you had vomiting and diarrhea, this is likely stomach flu, and your vomiting strained the muscles in your neck - you still could benefit from medical care. If you have had vomiting only, go to the ER for further testing ASAP. ...Read more

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Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when i cough and my back.Aches and pains, my neck.Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when i cough and my back.Aches and pains, my neck.Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Probably viral: Sounds like upper respiratory infection or flu caused by virus. Coughing hard can elicit soreness in ribs. Sometimes pleuritis, inflammation of lining of lungs can mimic rib pain. If symptoms get worse and difficulty with high fever and change in severity of symptoms, should contact your physician. Sometimes superimposed bacterial infection can occur.Smoking will worsen cough. ...Read more