General ill feeling
Malaise is a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.
Malaise is a symptom that can occur with almost any significant health condition. It may start slowly or quickly, depending on the type of disease.
Fatigue occurs with malaise in many common diseases. Mailaise can be accompanied by a feeling of not having enough energy to accomplish usual activities.
The following lists give examples of the diseases, conditions, and medications that can cause malaise.
SHORT-TERM (ACUTE) INFECTIOUS DISEASE
LONG-TERM (CHRONIC) INFECTIOUS DISEASE
HEART AND LUNG (CARDIOPULMONARY) DISEASE
CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE
ENDOCRINE or METABOLIC DISEASE
If you have significant malaise, contact your health care provider immediately.
Contact your health care provider if:
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions such as:
If signs or symptoms of a significant illness are present, tests may be required to confirm the diagnosis. These may include various blood tests, x-rays, or other diagnostic tests.
Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.
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