I was wondering if there is a possibility that I have the plague. I visited an area that is known to have prarie dogs that have it and The day after I got back I started feeling ill. I had nausea, diarhea, lack of appetite and head ache and muscle aches. That was Monday afternoon I started feeling that way. I was in that area from Sunday noon till Monday noon. Tuesday I felt a little better but still run down. Wednesday I felt pretty good but I do have quite the headache. And today I felt ok but still have the headache. But I go from feeling good, then not feeling good, then I feel good again. So I am worried about the plague. Should I get checked out? Thanks
Do you have a swollen and painful gland anywhere?
How do I check for that?
You will know it directly, since you will have pain somewhere in the neck with a swollen lump, or under your armpit, or in the groin region. Please check for it.
Not that I can feel no. My neck has been a little stiff and hurts with the head ache at the base of my head where the neck meets.
In that case, you are very unlikely to have the plague.The typical sign of plague is a big swollen and very tender gland, and without that it is not likely. This seems like a ‘flu', a viral fever. You can usually treat this at home, it generally subsides in 4-5 days. You can try the following treatment: Rest. Plenty of fluids. Tylenol 500 mg twice ot thrice daily for headache and bodyache and fever. Bland diet, small frequent meals. Another important home treatment is Menthol steam inhalation - add Menthol salts (available OTC) to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam two - three times daily - this will relieve the congestion. However, if the fever persists for more than a week, or reaches a temperature more than 102 degrees, or you have any other symptoms like severe throat pain or abdominal pain, you will need to see a doctor. I hope my answer has helped you. Please click on the green ‘accept' button below for accepting this answer. Feedback/Bonus will be appreciated.
17 yrs experience in treating OPD & Emergency patients.