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Why do you get a strange taste in your mouth when you have a cold or flu?

Why do you get a strange taste in your mouth when you have a cold or flu?

Mucous: The odd taste is probably from the post nasal mucous drip. It can all be caused by the virus and there could be a sinus infection and the taste may be from the bacterial discharge you are swallowing. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have a cold or flu I'm coughing n sinus congestion I looked in my throat my uvula is like stringy hanging down touching my tongue is this something l souls be concerned about? I think it's making me cough more Is there anything I can take for it to shri

I have a cold or flu I'm coughing n sinus congestion I looked in my throat my uvula is like stringy hanging down touching my tongue is this something l souls be concerned about? I think it's making me cough more Is there anything I can take for it to shri

Enlarged uvula: Swollen uvula you describe is extremely uncomfortable and does cause coughing and chocking sensation.
a. no hot drinks. Cool or cold drinks
b no gargling
c. Clear. Ease lozenges are papain/bromelain that reduce this type of swelling.

If it remains long and bothersome, removal can be done in the office. ...Read more

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Can you get a strange taste in your mouth after having the flu shot?

Can you get a strange taste in your mouth after having the flu shot?

Maybe: Depends on the composition of the flu shot, whether or not it contains an active preservative that might be metallic, like mercury. Less so if there is no preservative. Ask the doctor or health personnel who gave you the shot. ...Read more

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I have a cold or the flu the noises in my chest are drivimg me crazy I only get relief for a few minutes when I cough and spit out?

I have a cold or the flu the noises in my chest are drivimg me crazy I only get relief for a few minutes when I cough and spit out?

Get checked out!: If you haven't already, see a health care professional. You may need treatment with bronchodilators, and if you have chronic lung disease you may need antibiotics and corticosteroids to keep the problem from getting worse before you recover. ...Read more

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Does blood pressure rise if you have a cold or flu?

Does blood pressure rise if you have a cold or flu?

Blood pressure: Blood pressure can rise or fall during cold or flu. If patient is dehydrated it can fall, if patient is fully hydrated and very anxious because of feeling crummy it could rise. ...Read more

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Enquiry don't have a cold or flu but keep burning up even of a night when I go to bed is there something wrong?

Enquiry don't have a cold or flu but keep burning up even of a night when I go to bed is there something wrong?

Sounds like night: Sweats. This can be a sign of a more concerning inflammatory condition. Sounds like you should review this with your PCP. Best of luck. ...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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Is it safe to exercise if u have a cold or flu?

Is it safe to exercise if u have a cold or flu?

Don't exercise if: You have the flu - you need to rest. Only exercise with a cold if you feel up to it. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if I got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if I got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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My back recently started hurting. The pain is almost unbearable. I do not have a cold or flu like symptoms. I tried ice and heat nothing works.

My back recently started hurting. The pain is almost unbearable. I do not have a cold or flu like symptoms. I tried ice and heat nothing works.

Back eval: The causes are multiple and you have given virtually no history This could be from work, exercise or some type of martial arts workout. It is unclear but if related only to the back it should pass with some time. Heat and/or ice will occasinoally some relief but not if severe. See the doc to get recommendation of the cause and best treatment. ...Read more

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I have a cold or flu and now my legs are killing me?

I have a cold or flu and now my legs are killing me?

Myalgia: Cold or flu can cause musculoskeletal pains called myalgia. Many other things can cause leg pains as well. How are the pulses in your legs? Do you have numbness in your legs? Answers to these questions let us know if you have a blood circulation problem or nerve conduction problem respectively.... Most likely, though, it myalgia from the virus. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or flu?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu?

Timing and symptoms: Timing is important. Flu (influenza) tends to occur during a specific time of year: usually in the winter months in the northern hemisphere. If you get sick in the summer, it's not flu. Flu also tends to cause more severe symptoms than a cold: higher fever, more muscle and joint aches. ...Read more

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Why does my skin and my joints hurt when I have a cold or flu? And how could I relieve this?

Why does my skin and my joints hurt when I have a cold or flu? And how could I relieve this?

Myalagias: The body aches or myalgias is the body's normal response to an infection. They are signs of inflammation in your body. Take an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen (if you have a normal functioning stomach and kidneys) to help relieve these body pains. ...Read more

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Do I have a cold or flu or something else? I've never had something like this I have a scratchy throat & mild fever of 99.5and a little burning in nose

Do I have a cold or flu or something else? I've never had something like this I have a scratchy throat & mild fever of 99.5and a little burning in nose

Cold: It's very hard to say as you don't say when the symptoms started. Ig it's the flu in a few hours you could be much worse. At this point it sounds like a mild virus. You're very lucky to make it this far with never having more problems than this. ...Read more

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I continually have phlegm in my throat as if I have a cold/ flu or something, and it builds up if I do not bring it up and spit it out. What can I do to reduce the phlegm, I drink tons of water daily, ?

I continually have phlegm in my throat as if I have a cold/ flu or something, and it builds up if I do not bring it up and spit it out. What can I do to reduce the phlegm, I drink tons of water daily, ?

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites, grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. OTC nasal steroid and nasal saline are worth a try. ...Read more

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Sinus, ear, jaw, lower teeth pain, headache, sore throat, face pain, no fever. No cough n cold, no flu. Can get sinusitis without cold or flu?

Sinus, ear, jaw, lower teeth pain, headache, sore throat, face pain, no fever. No cough n cold, no flu. Can get sinusitis without cold or flu?

Yes, you can: Allergies can also cause inflammation of your sinuses. Your symptoms can indicate so many different issues, including bruxism. If your symptoms last more than two weeks, see both your dentist and physician. ...Read more

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Can you get a flu shot if you have a cold?

Can you get a flu shot if you have a cold?

Yes: But we usually delay if associated with substantial fever. Hope your cold is better. ...Read more

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What causes achiness when you have a cold? I always thought achiness was a flu symptom, but I get it when I have a cold.

What causes achiness when you have a cold? I always thought achiness was a flu symptom, but I get it when I have a cold.

Cytokines: Most systemic symptoms of infection -- fever, achiness, loss of appetite, sleepiness, and others -- are the result of chemicals called cytokines, which are released by white blood cells as they fight infection. Almost any infection can do it, not only influenza. Particular symptoms (achiness, fever, etc) are vary widely between individuals and from one kind of infection to another. ...Read more

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Why does everything I eat taste strange when I have a cold or the flu?

Why does everything I eat taste strange when I have a cold or the flu?

See below: This is due to the fact that you have inflammation in the area where your sense of smell and taste arise and thus the perceptions can be altered due to the inflammation during the illness. It should resolve after the illness is gone. ...Read more

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When should I get a flu shot if I have a cold?

When should I get a flu shot if I have a cold?

As soon as you can.: Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever, a moderate to severe acute illness, or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. ...Read more

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What type of cold medicine is the best and safest for a head cold or flu?

What type of cold medicine is the best and safest for a head cold or flu?

Low dose: Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Claritin or Zyrtec. Force fluids. Zinc lozenges (Cold-Eze) Advil or Ale e. Tea and honey. Grandma's chicken soup. Rest and sleep,

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