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Old 10-20-09, 03:01 PM   #1
 
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I think I'm coming down with something. But I'm not really sure. Usually when I get sick, it's always the same symptoms: sore throat turns into clogged nose turns into chesty cough.

This is different. It's kind of like a tickle in my throat that won't go away, so it is accompanied by a very very light cough. If I'm very relaxed I don't cough hardly at all.

But, to further complicate matters, the man who sit at the adjacent desk from me has come down with a terrible cold, possibly the swine flu. He's been home with a fever for three days. I am afraid I may be next, and I don't want to spread it around if that is, in fact, what I am coming down with.

But it's just a tickle.

...... that I've had for three days now.

But I don't feel sick.

Am I being paranoid? Or should I be exercising more caution? Two other people in my workplace have alredy been diagnosed with the swine flu. The powers that be have been urging us to stay home if we feel sick, or if we have symptoms.

So I'm not sure what I should do. I personally consider getting sick a risk of just living life. But other people around my workplace have a less than cordial attitude about sick people. Having even a slight cold, or any kind of symptom at all is like being a leper. People treat you like dirt, when I feel one should be treated with more consideration when sick. It's really quite alienating. People are becoming very paranoid, and it's making me paranoid too.

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Old 10-20-09, 03:03 PM   #2
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Did you talk to a doctor?
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I think you should stay home. I had a similar thing all last week and tried cough syrup which worked a little. But then on friday the flu just hit me! So I wasn't well all weekend. I guess when you have a little thing wrong like a cough or minor cold, it makes you more vulnerable to things like the flu? I'd stay at home, keep warm and comfortable and take cold capsules or whatever. Much likely to recover faster then.
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No I haven't seen a doctor. I don't really feel sick. I just have a tickle in my throat. I'm not sure what to make of it.

What is in a cold capsule? I've never taken anything like that before. I have been gargling with hydrogen peroxide (I've been told this would help) and I've been taking Vitamin C. I usually take the C when I feel a cold coming on anyway. But that's it so far.
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Take your temperature. If you have a fever, then it's likely a viral infection. If your fever reaches 100F or above, go see a doctor. If you don't have a fever, then you don't have the flu.

Either way, drink plenty of fluids and rest well. What I learned from my doctor about the swine flu is that it's not nearly as bad as the media present it to be. Even if you were to get it, you will be able to fight it just like any other flu. Especially if you are over 25, then you are not among the group the swine flu would hit the hardest. Unless, however, if you are immuno-compromised, then by all means, go see a doctor now.

I'd say if you were to come down with a flu, might as well save your sick days till later when it's full blown.
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