Feeling ill

Also known as Diffuse complaints, Feeling bad all over, Malaise, and Not feeling well

Malaise (/məˈleɪz/ mal-AZE) is a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness, of being "out of sorts", often the first indication of an infection or other disease. Malaise is often defined in medical literature as a "general feeling of being unwell". The word has existed in the French language since at least the 12th century.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of feeling ill are common cold, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd), and chronic sinusitis. Other possible causes, such as urinary tract infection, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with feeling ill, 47% report having cough, 44% report having fever, and 32% report having fatigue.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with feeling ill often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, glucose measurement, plain x-ray, urinalysis, electrolytes panel, kidney function tests and intravenous fluid replacement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with feeling ill include meropenem, rotigotine (neupro), carbetapentane / chlorpheniramine / ephedrine / phenylephrine, chlorpheniramine / hydrocodone, clavulanate (augmentin), dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine, aspirin / oxycodone, vitamin k 1 (mephyton), cloxacillin, formoterol / mometasone, calcium carbonate / simethicone, atracurium and sulconazole topical .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for feeling ill include age 75+ years.

Age

< 1 years
1.2x
1-4 years
1.1x
5-14 years
0.8x
15-29 years
0.7x
30-44 years
0.9x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.1x
75+ years
1.5x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.8x
White
1.1x
Other
0.7x
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