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Bee Sting Allergy or Coincidental Flu?

I need inside information from the "hive" mind. Did a bee sting give me flu-like symptoms, or did I just get an unrelated virus on the same day as the sting? More inside: [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jul 14, 2007 - 6 answers

Healthy Dry, Sick Humid

Feeling better in dry conditions and sick in humid places: common? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 28, 2007 - 11 answers

What's Up With My Flu/Cold?

Medical Advice/Common Sense Filter: This is my second week of having pretty serious flu symptoms. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on May 13, 2007 - 13 answers

What the hell was wrong with me?

Does the famed "24 hour bug" really exist, and if so, what is it? [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Palliatives for the common cold?

An elementary question: I've got a cold. What remed(ies) should I take to feel better? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Feb 20, 2007 - 41 answers

Youth and the avian flu

Reasonable explanation why most victims of avian (and 1918) flu epidemic were young. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Feb 6, 2007 - 13 answers

I just want to feel better.

Last Thursday I was diagnosed with the flu. Sunday I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Today is Monday and I do not feel even the slightest bit better. Help! [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jan 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Homesickness at home.

Nasal congestion on waking... A few possible causes, but a lot of them are ruled out. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 13, 2007 - 13 answers

Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled?

Why should homemade oral rehydration solution not be boiled? [more inside]
posted by oats on Dec 12, 2006 - 6 answers

Under pressure

I think I have the flu. Should I stay in bed or run 5K?
posted by four panels on Dec 11, 2006 - 15 answers

Flu shot = Arm Ache!

Flu shot arm ache: Any way to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by sirion on Nov 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Pregnant women are advised to get the flu vaccine. Pregnant women are also advised to avoid mercury. The vast majority of the flu vaccine stock available in the US contains thimerosol. Should a pregnant woman get vaccinated with a flu vaccine that contains thimerosol? Does your answer vary depending on the stage of pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Oct 10, 2006 - 26 answers

I'm a snot factory, help!

Why is it I seem to get head colds so easily? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Oct 4, 2006 - 35 answers

Corporate Pandemic Planning

Corporate Pandemic Flu Planning: I'm looking for model corporate planning guides that our company can learn and borrow from. The best I've found so far is this 3M Corporate Planning Guide -- and want more of the same. I'm not looking for general information (like CDC Checklists or HHS Plans). I want something produced by a corporation to meet business continuation planning needs. So either something like this 3M plan, or some type of template like it. My email address is in my profile, if that's helpful.
posted by nancoix on Aug 15, 2006 - 6 answers

'Health is not valued till sickness comes.' - Thomas Fuller

I need to strengthen my immune system. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 14, 2006 - 25 answers

Can I suffer through a fever and expect to get better sooner?

If a fever is the human body's response to pathogens, does taking medicine to bring down one's fever increase recovery time? If this is true, is it true of all medicines that treat cold/flu symptoms?
posted by Mayor Curley on Mar 21, 2006 - 11 answers

The Mormons and roaches will outlive us all...

In light of the US Govt dancing around the 'S' word, help me build a small stockpile preferably with recipes or a cooking list and any general advice about stockpiling... [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Mar 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Can you take your own temperature without a thermometer?

Can you take your own temperature without a thermometer? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Mar 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Bird Flu Vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine Are we safe? [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Feb 13, 2006 - 4 answers

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting the cold or flu?

How do you and your significant other deal with one of you being/getting sick (cold/flu/etc)? Does the sick one make any attempt to avoid getting the other sick? If so, how?
posted by sdis on Feb 7, 2006 - 22 answers

Tissues and Irritated Skin?

How do you avoid irritated skin around the nostrils when you have a cold? [more inside]
posted by cm on Jan 23, 2006 - 31 answers

How can I end my chronic illness?

How can I end my chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky on Jan 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Your best sickness prevention methods:

Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 5, 2005 - 66 answers

Is the flu vaccine worth it?

Is there a good reason for a healthy, relatively young person to get a flu shot? [more inside]
posted by Sully6 on Nov 18, 2005 - 51 answers

Avian flu != Regular Flu?

Is regular flu vaccine effective against the avian flu?
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 22, 2005 - 12 answers

Grab bag of symptoms

Under the weather... [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Oct 3, 2005 - 23 answers

Online pharmacies a scam?

Are online pharmacies a total scam? I'd like some tamiflu, but don't want my doctor to think I'm a tinfoil-hatted drug-seeking nutso. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2005 - 9 answers

Tips for working while sick?

Any tips for getting through a day at work while feeling flu-ish? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jul 6, 2005 - 14 answers

Bird Flu Pandemics

I just read a wire story stating that, "hundreds of thousands of people may die and one quarter of the work force could be absent if Britain were hit by a bird flu pandemic said." How seriously should we be worried?
posted by trinarian on Mar 22, 2005 - 22 answers

Surviving the Pandemic

Assuming the Avian Flu pandemic become reality within the next year or two, what preparations should a rational first-world citizen undertake? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Mar 4, 2005 - 33 answers

My nose is bleeding

About three weeks ago I had a nasty cold. Headache, congestion, nose running 24-7. Since then, I wake up every morning to blow my nose out, thick, green, blood speckled mucus having accumulated there. This morning I blew my nose and afterwards a fresh stream of blood poured out. I've never had a nosebleed in my life nor have I ever stuffed any junk up there. Does this warrant a visit to the doctor? ps: I'm not a hypochondriac, it's just that I've never been sick.
posted by jsavimbi on Feb 28, 2005 - 23 answers

How does contagion work with the cold and flu?

Cold/Flu Contagion:

1) Is there any truth to the rumor that "once you manifest symptoms, you're no longer contagious?"
2) If you're recovering from one illness, are you more or less suceptible to others? eg: If I've just gotten over a cold, is my immune system weak and susceptible to strep throat? Or is it on high-alert and likely to protect me better?
3) Following on number 2, why don't more people get multiple viruses/bugs at once, or in rapid sequence? Anecdotally, it seems that most people enjoy an interval of good health after recovering from something. Is that true?
posted by scarabic on Feb 16, 2005 - 4 answers

Can drinking a little bit of whisky when I'm sick help?

For the last few days I think I've been suffering from a very mild stomach flu. Nothing virulent, just enough to make me at times mildly uncomfortable. A friend of mine wants me to meet him for a drink tonight. I've heard that whisky can kill microbes in the stomach. Is this true? If so, would a couple of fingers of whisky be a good idea tonight? [more inside]
posted by sic on Jan 31, 2005 - 12 answers

Flu Incubation

I've had the flu since Wednesday. I haven't left my apartment since Friday. A friend just told me that I won't get better unless I air out my apartment and take a walk outside. Is that true? Can germs live in your bedsheets?

I'd readily go outside, but there's two feet of snow and it's fourteen degrees out.
posted by jsavimbi on Jan 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Have any of you had the flumist vaccine this year?

Have any of you had the flumist vaccine this year? How did you react to it-did you get sick? (MI) [more inside]
posted by konolia on Dec 15, 2004 - 17 answers

Vaseline on my nose? Good idea? Really?

I've caught my first cold of the season and the frequent nose blowing is irritating the skin near my nose. I seem to remember a suggestion to use vaseline on the irritated skin - does that sound like reasonable solution?
posted by jperkins on Nov 26, 2004 - 25 answers

Cat Has Runny Nose, Cough, and is Listless/Bored -- Anything Fatal?

Cat flu: I'm looking after a cat for a friend, and she recently (yesterday) got a runny nose, and coughs some. She also appears listless and bored. I'm stuck at work and will get her to the vet ASAP, but for now I need some reassurance that this isn't fatal? Thanks!
posted by jon_kill on Jul 22, 2004 - 6 answers

Lingering Cough

I've got the Toxic Death Flu. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by eilatan on Dec 31, 2003 - 33 answers

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