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A 41-year-old member asked:

can my 8 year old take claritin (loratadine) and ibuprofen together? not sure if her runny nose is due to allergies, but she has a fever.

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: The answer is yes...Antihistamines (claritin, zyrtec, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) etc) and anti-fever (motrin, tylenol) can be taken together. If your child has a fever, it is not likely to be from allergies, however te antihistamines can still be used for sympom relief for upper respiratory symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc). If fevers are persistently >100.4, or for any concerns, ask your doctor.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Not allergy: A young child doesn't get a fever from an allergic reaction. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a non steroidal antiinflammatory can help to reduce fever. Antihistamines work well for allergic conditions but not colds or viruses.

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A member asked:

I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Very similar symptom: "colds" and "flu"s are both viral infections that have very similar symptoms as you described - both cause stuffy nose and sore throat and muscles and even fevers. Both should also resolve in 2-5 days. The "flu" that the flu shot prevents is "influenza a or b" - which is much more aggressive - causing sudden onset of very high fevers and muscle aches to the point of unable to get out of bed...
A 21-year-old male asked:

Allergy shot consistanly in left arm, now c/o left arm muscle pain and hand cramp in l hand an arm?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
Time for Neurologist: These are such unusual symptoms that have followed allergy shots, so one should be cautious about blaming the injections on these new problems. Any injury to the body may cause a condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy/crps complex regional pain syndrome, but it is hard to imagine that allergy shots could bring on such a complication. Please arrange to see a neurologist now for workup.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Never say never when a new symptom develops. My suggestion is switch arms if you get only one shot. if you get two, reverse kit 1 &2 to opposite arms. Be sure your allergy shots are being administered by a physician who follows the JCAAI guidelines (see practice parameters for immnunotherapy at (www.JCAAI.org)
Nov 17, 2011
A member asked:

I have the following symptoms head hurts fever of 99 throat n chest on fire ears hurt too:?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: You have an illness...Probably viral (because most illnesses are). Strep throat can also produce those symptoms. It is always a good choice to be seen when you feel so awful...If ears hurt too it could be an ear infection and having treatment choices is very helpful. Make an appointment to be seen.

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