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For the last 6 days ive been suffering from odd symptoms - mainly it's feeling very weak, watering feeling in limbs, but also fatigue, lethargy, nausea, rapid pulse, breathless when I talk for too long. I was at the doc on day 1 of my symptoms and he thinks its a viral infection. But is it normal with a virus to feel little to no improvement in 6 days? The last 3 have been the worst and I've been staying in bed almost all the time.
I don't have a fever at all, and no major aches and pains except for ache in lower back which is probably a separate thing. No cough, no sneezing or no running, just a little stuffy.
Is this normal?
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replied July 10th, 2013
Cold, Flu and Viral Infections Answer A44153
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The cause of respiratory infections can either be a viral or due to bacterial origin. Most Viral infections or the upper respiratory tract are usually benign, and subside within 7 to 10 days with conservative management with anti-inflammatory medications like advil or motrin.

For your information the most common causes of the common cold are viruses -- rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, and the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The rhinovirus group causes 10% to 40% of colds. The coronaviruses and RSV are responsible for 20% and 10% of cases, respectively.

Most people usually consider all common cold infections to be be termed as flu. But the actual term FLU, refers to infections caused by viruses of the influenza group.

In most cases, the condition is self limited and subsides within 7 to 10 days. Adequate rest, hydration (drinking lots of fluids), warm salt water broth gargles and throat lozenges will be very helpful to relieve the symptoms.

I hope this helps


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