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Doctor insights on: Why Is Flu Worse Than A Cold

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Help please! is getting dizzy while coughing a symptom of something worse than a cold or flu?

Help please! is getting dizzy while coughing a symptom of something worse than a cold or flu?

Cough: No. A forceful cough can sometimes stimulate certain nerves that can cause you to feel lightheaded or dizzy. This should resolve as the cough resolves. If not, get it checked! ...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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Is a cold worse than the flu in some ways?

Is a cold worse than the flu in some ways?

Not usually: In general, the flu will cause you to feel more ill than a cold will. Flu sxs can include fever, chills, marked aching of muscles and joints ; significant fatigue (if these symptoms did occur with a common cold they would usually be less intense). Colds tend to lead to more nasal congestion than the flu. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Please tell me, could patulous eustachian tube be made temporarily worse by a cold/flu?

Not likley: Colds and upper respiratory infections cause inflammation to the mucosa lining the eustachian tube causing it to narrow secondary to swelling and edema. This usually temporarily improves symptoms in patients affected by a patulous eustachian tube. ...Read more

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I have a cold/flu I have been taking 220-440mg of Aleve (naproxen) every 4-5 hours bc it seems worse at 5. Can i continue taking 1 every 4-5 hours through today?

I have a cold/flu  I have been taking 220-440mg of Aleve (naproxen) every 4-5 hours bc it seems worse at 5. Can i continue taking 1 every 4-5 hours through today?

Yes, you can: Seasonal flu is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. Nsaids (e.g.Aleve) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your pcp for reevaluation. ...Read more