David is consulting you to help determine what condition he has. Yesterday, he was perfectly healthy, but today he has a sudden onset of fever, chills and muscle aches. He has a cough, but it is non productive. He does not have any sneezing or stuffy nose. What is his most likely reason for his symptoms?
a) Influenza b) Sinusitis c) Common cold d) Allergies
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(A) is the answer.
Rule out options first. Lack of sneezing and stuff nose symptoms may help to rule out sinusitis and allergies. The most important part is to differentiate between influenza and the common cold. The sudden onset of symptoms, as well as muscle aches and fever, are characteristic of an influenza infection.
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