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A 35-year-old female asked:

hi.my daughter, 4 years old , has on and of fever with severe coughing and colds for 3 days now.she vomited as well last night.do you think it's viral?

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Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Viral infection: Your daughter's symptoms could be viral but check with her pediatrician - viruses can lead to severe bacterial infections that require more aggressive treatment.
Dr. Eric Furst
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Likely: Make sure that she drinks plenty of fluids. If any significant fever, be sure to bring her to her pediatrician. There are lots of viral bugs going around. A small percentage of these may be dangerous flu infections, especially risky to children and the elderly. If she is not drinking adequately and/or has a persistant fever, she must see her md!
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Flu or not. Get test: Your daughter has flu symptoms.Have your pediatrician run a flu test on her. If she's positive she can then be treated with tamiflu (oseltamivir) which would shorten the length of her illness and cut down on possible side effects of her virus.

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