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Cold and Flu

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Questions and answers about the "Common Cold"; symptoms in the upper respiratory tract like sneezing, scratchy throat, and runny nose, but adults don't typically have fevers. Colds are usually caused by the rhinovirus (up to 40% of colds), or Coronaviruses (about 20%), but there are more than 200 viruses that can cause the common cold. Also questions about the seasonal flu, also called "regular flu", caused mostly by Type A and Type B Influenza viruses. Flu starts with similar symptoms as a cold only it hits faster and harder and usually includes fever in adults. Although the "stomach flu" is a common term, it is not a real diagnosis. The proper medical term for stomach flu is gastroenteritis (an intestinal disease, sometimes viral but also bacterial), it is often mistaken for influenza because the flu can sometimes include vomiting and diarrhea.
1)Penetration, 2) Biosynthesis>(Early phase - Middle phase -  Late phase ) 3)Gene regulation biochemistry, 4)Maturation and  lysis, 5) Productive cycle.
Although the name "swine flu" causes us a lot of fear and worry, it  is important to note the swine flu in just an influenza A H1N1  virus. It means that it is just a type of flu virus, the same that  causes the seasonal flu symptoms. It's really boring to deal with  either swine flu or the...
Usually diziness,nausea or just feeling really tierd
during the experiments done in mexico, a new virus has been found and it has made citizens as its victims. it is a slight mixture of human flu and pig flu.
I think it starts in late fall/early winter and ends in mid spring. I'm not 100 percent sure.
neti pots are a good way to relieve it without the use of medicine.
Monitorfor flu-like illness: fever, cough, sore throat, and  gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, Anyone  with flu symptoms should stay home from school and work. Practice  hand-washing and other health basics to avoid spreading germs. Most  cases of H1N1 have been about as...
take them to a doctor and let them be treated immediately
As influenza, a contagious illness caused by a virus, which affects  the respiratory organs but is a systemic illness, progresses, one  may move from feeling weak, tired, feverish and possibly nauseous  to feeling congested in the respiratory passages, from the sinuses  down as far as the...
The first case of swine flu was identified on May 13, 2009, in the  Hyderabad International Airport near Hyderabad, India.
  No the flu is a virus. doxycycl hyc. is for infections of a bacteria nature. And is not a cure for the flu.
you can go to any local chemists and pick up vitamin c tablets that will increase the amount of white blood cells in your immune system. white blood cells are the things that kill bacteria in your system   I am not a doctor but as child being in and out of the hospital all my life, I can say you...
  My ear was itching in the night and I used a Q-tip to itch it. I did not put it in the Q-tip in very far but when I got up I looked down in the trash can and saw blood on the Q-tip so I used another one and I had more dried blood and some fresh is this normal and why is my ear bleeding?
Scientists were worried that it would mutate.
It depends what kind of sickness and if you have had it before
Yes, Swine flu (A-H1N1/09) can kill people. For more information go to the related links below.
common cold is primarily caused by rhinovirises which contain rna
When a virus enters your system it baiscly feeds off your other cells inside of you. Greenish mucus is the waste from all the dead cells the virus has killed.
Each type of virus will respond differently depending on the  environmental conditions. In the following, the words "live" or  "die" are used; although, these terms are slightly inaccurate since  a virus is not a living organism. Viruses do have the need for a  host, to keep them able to infect...
yes sometimes the injection site can become tender or feel like their is a ball or knot inside, this typically lasts 2-4 days. Make sure you rotate injection sites and do not inject into the same site for at least a week if you can help it. Also push the plunjer slowly to allow the fluid to be...
Because they never washed their balls
There are a number of different actions depending on what drugs are involved Go to the related link below(Advice for rheumatic patients concerning swine flu H1N1) for advice on this from the Australian Rheumatology Association, go to the related link below.   If you are undergoing treatment with...
if you type on a keyboard that someone has used, the molecules in your blood contract and you form a cold, later this is passed through electrolicsAnswerIt is an airborne virus which means if an infected person sneezes or coughs the "germs" are in the air for a period of time before "dying". If...
No.A symptom is something that is caused by infection/exposure to something else. For example, a symptom of viral meningitis is a severe headache, due to increased intra-cranial pressure.The virus on the otherhand, is the pathogen (such as a bug) that causes you to become ill and have symptoms.
No. The vaccine is only a part of the virus that your body willrespond to.
They can not reproduce without a host as reproductive vector. They have no metabolism and do not preform cellular functions. Viruses are genetic material enclosed in a protein capsid.
Here are the symptoms of Dengue fever -   -High fever   -Headache   -Pain Behind Eyes   -Fatigue   -Vomiting   -Skin rash    These are the common symptoms of dengue fever.
The flu (influenza), is caused by influenza viruses. There are three types of influenza viruses, designated Type A, B, and C. Types A and B are common types of seasonal flu in humans, while C is less frequent in humans. Influenza A is the type of flu virus which gives rise to all worldwide pandemics...
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a disease of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs, throat, and sinuses.
Exhaust fumes give me a really bad sore throat when im exposed to them in a closed area
no. it has a history.
The so-called "Swine Flu", more correctly called 2009 H1N1 Pandemic Flu, is a variant of a common seasonal disease. This particular variation is significantly different from the usual in that it strikes the young disproportionately and more seriously. It is caused by a virus. The Black Plague was...
First go get a brain transplant, it seems crazy to want to make yourself sick with an infectious disease. If you just HAVE to do it, then go to a public place and lick all the fingers of everyone there. Or, you could touch the nasal mucus from someone who has a cold and put that finger in your...
Yes, or it has been. Since the beginning of the 2009 pandemic of H1N1/09, it has been found in every country in the world.
No, that has not been shown in any studies of side effects of the vaccines.
The Avian "Bird" flu is passed to humans by birds and their saliva and feces. Other forms of influenza that humans can get are also mutations of viruses that birds have had, some are from pigs (like swine flu) and many are from a combination of various swine, human, other, and bird flu strains that ...
Perhaps not the way they are spread but the quantity of people exposed is increased with mass transit of today as well as with travel in crowded airports and other busy transportation hubs.
  the Spanish flu is simply the influenza virus.
It is not classified that same way as bacteria are. Bacteria are classified as aerobic or anaerobic to indicate if they are aerobic (require oxygen to function) or anaerobic (live in an oxygen-free environment). But bacteria are living organisms very different from viruses (swine flu is caused by a...
Yes. The antibodies are very specific to each type of infection. So, the chicken pox antibodies would not be any protection against influenza viruses, and you could still come down with the flu if exposed to that virus. Ask the doctor who has treated the chicken pox when it would be okay to get a...
Only your doctor can advise you on this since the answer would depend on specifics of your particular condition. Ask the doctor who is treating the lead poisoning before you go to get the shot.
It is recommended that anyone with chronic underlying disease such as heart disease should get the flu vaccination, so yes, you should despite your otherwise good health. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The risks and side effects of the vaccination are much lower than the risk of...
Parakeets like to eat birdseed, pellets, fruits and veggies, and  nuts.
That may be no problem, depending on the age of the children. The thing to do is to speak with the doctor of the babies about any potential long term effects of the medication error, ask them what you should look for to identify any complications, and if any immediate action needs to be undertaken....
Yes, they can and have the ability to change viruses and make them worse...Take a look at the swine flu. Stay away from your pet pig if you get a cold or the flu.
If you are asking about the effects of the immunity the vaccination gives, the immunity is permanent for that particular strain of virus and won't wear off. If you are talking about local side effects of the flu shot at the injection site, then any local redness or swelling should be gone in a...
Relax. There are no connections between the earthquake in Haiti, the swine flu, and the balloon boy. They are not some signs of any kind of great doom. The earthquake is a natural disaster that is only caused by the forces of nature. The Balloon Boy Hoax was a parental disaster (the boy's parents...
Various ways, like common ways such as through touching anyone if it is contagious, drinking or eating something then leaving it out for someone else to sip or eat, or other ways.
As of February 5, 2010 there have been a cumulative total of 98 deaths from H1N1/09 in Illinois according to the Illinois state health department statistics.
The Spanish flu was spread like any type of influenza is spread. Mostly through direct contact person to person or through contact with the respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes, since the virus particles can be in the droplets. See the related questions below for...
  Your lungs produce mucus to warm and moisten the air you breathe. Air has to be warmed before it gets to your lungs. That's why on cold days your nose will run. You produce approx 1 cup per day and swallow most of it without realizing it.
  Your body excrets stuff... and it binds to bad stuff.. and then, your lungs expell the stuff out.. boo-ya
There are many different flu viruses called both H1N1 and swine flu, and this is very confusing because the same names are used for different things. In the type of swine flu that pigs get (the original "swine flu"), they are usually referring to the same virus, just called by different names. But...
Many things, some are: Your body is responding with an immune response and trying to stop the virus with antibodies already on hand, or made to order to use now and to save for later.The virus is infecting the cells in the upper respiratory tract and reproducing itself.Your cells that have been...
You really should rest when you have an infection like the flu. Since the symptoms usually last only a week for most people, try to avoid the exercise if you can. If you must exercise, it should be light exercise only. Working with weights and other heavy exercise or running should be avoided. Your...
Yes, all birds spread bird flu
Children five and under are one of the high risk groups for serious complications from the swine flu requiring hospitalization, it is recommended that children should get the vaccination to prevent infection, the risk of the disease is greater than any risks of a vaccination (which are few). See the...
It is generally the same as normal flu but for unknown reasons can sometimes be deadly...
Yes, anyone with chronic lung diseases will be at higher risk for the infection. See the related question below for a list of those at higher risk.
The same steps outlined in the lytic cycle apply to influenza.  See the related question for more information about the lytic cycle and the steps involved.
Gargling with salt water will not get rid of tonsilitis, but it will help soothe the pain of it. Many people make the mistake of making the water too salty; you're just trying to match the salinity of your own body fluids, so a quarter teaspoon of table salt in a glass of room-temperature water will...
Yes, it can be a common symptom of the flu. Fluid in the inner ear, drugs, sugar and excessive amounts of caffeine have also been known triggers. Maintain hydration.
It is early February 2010, so it is not too late now to get a seasonal flu shot if you have not had one for the 2009 - 2010 flu season. The seasonal flu shot protects against three more types of flu viruses. With the seasonal shot and the swine flu H1N1 vaccinations, you will be protected against...
If you mean the kind of steroids that are given by injection, in a joint or other body part, to work as a local anti-inflammatory agent and to relieve pain, or the kind given by IV in severe infections with sepsis and other complications, then it is possible that it could be used in the treatment of...
Yes, you can take Tamiflu and Dayquil together. If you have any  questions about mixing medication, you should always ask for your  doctor's advice.
I have a good experience in taking a lot of vitamin C. Vitamin C oxygenates the body so it recovers quickly. I recommend to have vitamin C in powder to dissolve it in hot water. You take it 3 times a day for a couple of days and you should be fine. You might want to visit the toilet after a couple...
Most people who are not vaccinated against the swine flu or who have not had the swine flu will get it if exposed to it. Those who have had the vaccines will be immune.
During the summer you people are usually outside but in the winter it's actually the opposite. Also, during the summer you people open the windows but in the winter you don't. So therefore the viruses or bacterias that causes cold is trapped in the house with you during the Winter. So opening the...
Yes, in many studies as well as by experience of the use of the seasonal flu shots made the same way. The Swine Flu vaccine is safe, as safe as vaccinations for any other illness, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies prior to the US approval of the vaccines were...
If you are asking what is the difference between the two infections, they are caused by different viruses and have slightly different symptoms. The symptoms of the cold and flu can be hard to differentiate, sometimes not even possible without a specific laboratory test to determine which virus is...
If you are over 18. The NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) Aspirin (ASA, acetylsalicylic acid) can be used as an antipyretic - which means, it will help to reduce fever. Fever reducers are good to use if the fever is high, e.g., 102 F (38.89 C) or over . It is better for many people to...
well all you have to do is take Tylenol and let it run it's course. Also take plenty of naps.
Food has nothing to do with catching or avoiding flu. A severely malnourished person will, of course, have a harder time fighting it off than a well-nourished person, but any kind of normal, reasonable diet would serve. Flu is caused by an airborne virus. You breathe it in through your nose or...
MRSA is a bacteria (Staph A) that is resistant to the usual antibiotics and therefore hard to treat when it causes an infection. H1N1 is a virus that can cause influenza, like swine flu. Both can be severe infections that require hospitalization and intensive treatment measures.
Mucous tissues produce mucus as a lubricant, to prevent tissues from drying, to cleanse passageways if blocked and to prevent infections by the antiseptic enzymes it contains. Mucous tissues are in the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, reproductive system and the eyeball has a similar...
Yes, the majority of viruses are very species specific. There are  exceptions however, such as rabies. Most viruses will not survive  for long beyond their host tissue environment.
No. You do not get a common cold by being cold or in the cold or cold water, that is an old belief from before viruses were known to be the cause of a cold. See the related questions below for more information about this myth.
As medical discoveries go, influenza viruses were late to be isolated, mostly because of their sub-microscopic size. In 1901 the hint of the existence of these infectious agents was found when it was proved that the "germ" was not bacteria by discovering that it passed right through a filter that...
because the viruses do not have the ability to replicate themselfs.
Infectious, which is also called contagious, spreading, passed, caught, transferred, transmitted, and "shedding virus". That is how it became a pandemic (spread all over the world quickly) in 2009. See the related question below about how swine flu spreads.
what about it no one will answer unless you say something about coughing and hacking and burping dumas think!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes. Any type of bird could spread avian influenza. Chicken and other poultry are not uncommonly infected, especially in Asia.  This is partially due to their overcrowding in poultry farming and their close proximity to the some Asian households and people.
A productive cough is the opposite of a dry cough. In other words, you're coughing stuff up.