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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

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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

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If I get the flu or a cold will it cause Bell's palsy or inner ear infec or something worse fear bells ?

If I get the flu or a cold will it cause Bell's palsy or inner ear infec or something worse fear bells ?

Rarely: Many, not all, episodes of Bell's Palsy seem to follow a viral uri. But I see hundreds of people with uris every year, while only a few cases of Bell's per year ...Read more

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Glands under jaw are swollen and hurt to touch. Dont have cold/ flu & went to ER to get checked out. Gave me naproxen for swelling but its worse now.

Glands under jaw are swollen and hurt to touch. Dont have cold/ flu & went to ER to get checked out. Gave me naproxen for swelling but its worse now.

See details: Stay out of the ER and see a primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. There are numerous causes, most of them infections such as mononucleosis. ...Read more

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I had severe flu like symptoms, broke the fever, now I have a very sore throat. Cold air makes it worse. Lots of congestion. All started last thursday?

I had severe flu like symptoms, broke the fever, now I have a very sore throat. Cold air makes it worse. Lots of congestion. All started last thursday?

Homeopathy best: If this is true influenza, the most reliable treatment is about 50 grams of vit c given IV but few docs offer this. Sambucol, an elderberry extract, is proven to help. My favorite treatment is homeopathy- the right remedy can be magic! for help finding it see: http://www.Flusolution.Net/remedies.Htm there is not much flu yet in the us (except texas/deep south). See my comment for more info. ...Read more

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Got the flu 3days ago&have had mostly fever&mild congestion.Now getting a sore throat. Always cold&weak. Starting to worry, feeling worse, visit er?

Got the flu 3days ago&have had mostly fever&mild congestion.Now getting a sore throat. Always cold&weak. Starting to worry, feeling worse, visit er?

Virus: It appears that your virus is working its way down to the throat and later the trachea(windpipe). This is not unusual for the flu and you're still in the viral stage. I would sit tight for now with tylenol (acetaminophen) unless there is worsening fever, shaking chills and heavy cough which could indicate a bacterial infection and probable need for an exam and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What causes a persistent cold flu?

What causes a persistent cold flu?

Resistance: Everyone gets colds and flu but symptoms can persist if resistance is low from fatigue , allergies, vitamin deficiency or chronic illnes. ...Read more

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Can cold wether can cause cold (flu)?

Can cold wether can cause cold (flu)?

No: Cold weather may increase your chances of contracting the flu. Cold air may drive people to stay indoors and thus increasing your chance of coming into contact with the virus. Also, cold air may lowe your body temperature thus weakening your immune system. Cold air may also "stun" your airways and make one more succeptable to influenza. ...Read more

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