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can taking an antibiotic cause a fever and chills?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Fever: Unusual, but killing of bacteria with release of their products into the circulation can produce fever. Commonly seen with syphilis or other diseases due to spirochaetes. There is also immune reconstitution syndrome seen in patients with aids who are begun on antiretroviral treatment. More likely, however, is that the antibiotic is not effective and the infection is progressing.

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If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Febrile seizures are common in children between 6 months and 6 years of age. They occur when your child's temperature raises rapidly. So, no, not all children with fevers will have a febrile seizure. About one in twenty-five children in this age group will have a febrile seizure. But the risk is slightly higher if your child has a sibling who has had a febrile seizure in the past.
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What is wrong with my baby if he keeps getting fevers with swollen glands and fussiness?

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Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
Time to see the MD: While there are some periodic fever syndromes (i.e. Marshall syndrome) that might give what you're describing, it's always best to check it out with your primary care physician, especially if fevers seem recurrent, or any time they last longer than 72 hrs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No, female.: Only female mosquitoes feed on blood; they need it to lay eggs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

My urinary tract infection seems to be gone. Do I still need to take the rest of my antibiotic medication?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Certainly: Subsidence of symptoms, e.g., painful urination or fever, does not generally mean complete clearing of uti. Premature termination of drug treatment results in leaving half-dead (antibiotic resistant) bugs behind.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take birth control while taking antibiotics?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Yes, but: Most antibiotics and many other medications lower the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is safest to also use condoms as well.

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