Sometimes it is difficult to tell whether you have
influenza or some other viral illness. Many other
respiratory viruses, including common cold viruses (rhinoviruses), may mimic
the symptoms of a minor case of the flu.
Conditions that people mistake for the flu include:
What should you do if your child gets H1N1 swine flu? It’s a question many parents
are facing this flu season. While the majority of cases for children and teens have been mild, requiring
only home treatment, a growing number
of children -- some with no underlying medical conditions -- have
needed hospitalization or have died from the disease.
Here are answers to common questions about treating H1N1 swine flu in your
children and advice on when you need to seek medical attention.
Viral infections such as a cold or flu tend to cause widespread
symptoms, such as fever, body aches, a headache, and a sore throat. Bacterial
infections tend to have specific symptoms involving only one system, such as a
fever and sore throat only.
The flu makes you feel much worse than the common cold. Symptoms
often include fever and cough within the first 48 hours of the illness.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
July 8, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 08, 2010
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