Is It Allergies, The Flu Or The Coronavirus? How To Tell The Difference

(CNN) — The coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide. With all of the news of event cancellations, empty flights and health precautions (wash your hands!), it’s natural that people may get a little anxious every time they feel a tickle in their throat or the beginnings of a bad cough. While the coronavirus is certainly something to take seriously, the chances of any individual person getting it are still low. But if you’re wondering whether that stuffy nose could end up being a worst case scenario, CNN talked to Dr. Greg Poland, a professor of medicine and Infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic and director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, about the differences between typical allergy, cold and flu symptoms, and ones associated with the coronavirus. Itchy eyes? Runny nose? You probably have allergies — or a garden variety cold. “The issue with seasonal allergies is that they affect the nose and eye,” Poland says. “They tend to be nasal, and most symptoms are localized to the head, unless you also experience a rash.” Coronavirus and flu symptoms tend to be more systemic. That is, they affect the whole body. “The flu and the novel coronavirus, these affect other systems and the lower respiratory tract, Poland says. “You probably won’t have a runny nose, but what you might have is a sore throat, a cough, a fever or shortness of breath. So it’s a subtly different clinical ...
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This article summarizes some clinical shortcuts. Simple procedures such as taking a detailed medical history can provide clues to the underlying cause of chronic pruritus in order to achieve targeted diagnostic workup or to avoid unnecessary testing. If clinical shortcuts are not identified, we recommend a structured medical history, which is also discussed in this article. PMID: 32488462 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
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Conclusions: Updates to the GOLD 2007 COPD guidelines for GOLD 2011 and 2017 would have a significant impact on the classification of patients for particular therapeutic groups. As a result of the migration of patients to particular therapeutic groups, the pharmacological treatment would also change. PMID: 32489358 [PubMed]
Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
We report epidemiological, clinicopathological and dermoscopic analysis of 8 cases of childhood LM from Poland, which is the largest series in the Central and Eastern European population. Material and methods: Three hundred and forty-eight patients presenting with various nail pigmentation (in 2010-2016) were analysed. 72 cases of LM have been identified, including 8 cases of childhood LM (
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Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
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Source: Advances in Dermatology and Allergology - Category: Dermatology Tags: Postepy Dermatol Alergol Source Type: research
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