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What are signs of the flu. Is flu dangerous for me?

What are signs of the flu. Is flu dangerous for me?

Many: Fever, body aches, fatigue, bone aches. Think real bad cold but a thousand times worse. It can be dangerous for the very young and people with chronic medical problems. ...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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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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How can you fight off the first signs of the flu?

How can you fight off the first signs of the flu?

Tamiflu/Relenza: If you are coming down with influenza getting a prescription for tamiflu or Relenza (zanamivir) and taking them as prescribed for 5 days will lessen the severity and duration of the illness. ...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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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 first signs of having bird flu?

What are the first signs of having bird flu?

Respiratory symptoms: But, according to the world health organization, there have been fewer than 600 confirmed cases world-wide since 2003. The vast majority have occurred in people who have handled dead, infected birds (poultry). It is not thought at this time that it is transmitted between people. Respiratory symptoms are unlikely to be bird flu unless you have had a significant exposure. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of a stomach flu?

What are the first signs of a stomach flu?

Sxs: You might experience a drop in appetite. Nausea could occur as well as loose bowel movement. One may experience stomach cramps, vomiting, fever, fatigue or generalized aching. ...Read more