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 Cold/Flu  Holistic-online.com

See A Medical Professional If

If you're over age 65 or have a history of respiratory problems or other
chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease,
don't take the flu lightly. See your doctor as soon as possible. 

Seek medical treatment if you have any of the following symptoms. 

Shortness of breath 
Chest discomfort 
Prolonged high fever 
Painful breathing 
Phlegm tinged with blood (yellow- or green-colored phlegm.)
Pain around your eyes or cheekbones 
Irregular or rapid heartbeat 
Asthma attack or wheezing
Your voice becomes hoarse.
Fever higher than 100F that lasts longer than 5 days 
Fever higher than 103F 
Fever accompanied by sore throat, swollen glands under the jaw, and possibly a red, sandpaper-like rash.
Fever accompanied by a rash, stiff neck, severe headache, and marked irritability or confusion.
Nasal congestion that lasts longer than 7 days or causes ear pain, hearing loss, or headache with pain in the nose, cheeks, or upper teeth 
Coughing that lasts longer than 7 days or produces chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, or bloody, brown, or greenish mucus 

You experience any of the symptoms for flu and your immune system is already weakened by cancer, diabetes, AIDS, or other conditions; or if you have a serious illness like chronic heart or kidney disease, impaired breathing, cystic fibrosis, or chronic anemia. You may be at risk for developing serious secondary complications and need to be carefully monitored as long as symptoms last.

Your fever lasts more than three or four days, you become short of breath while resting, or you have chest pain. You may have developed pneumonia.

You experience Prolonged vomiting. This can lead to dehydration, which is especially serious in the very young and in elderly people. Abdominal pain can be the sign of another problem, such as appendicitis. If the pain or vomiting don't subside after a day, see a doctor.

For Children:

Call your pediatrician right away if your child appears ill with a high temperature and other signs of flu. Notify the doctor if your child begins suffering from excessive vomiting or diarrhea, has difficulty in breathing, is delirious, has ear pain or is urinating infrequently.

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