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A 32-year-old female asked:

3yr old on antibiotcs for 4 days for scarlet fever. fever is gone but still very congested, coughs during sleep, hoarse voice congested nose. ?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Cold symptoms: Strep infections can be accompanied with symptoms of running nose as well.Antibiotics usually will not affect the running nose so you should use saline nose drops several times a day to stop the post nasal drip which is causing his cough. At night elevate his matress so he is sleeping on an angle. Run a vaporizer. During the day take him into the washroom and turn on the the hot shower.
Dr. Terry Brenneman
Pediatrics 45 years experience
I disagree. Strep does not give one a runny nose or cough. You may have a virus causing all the symptoms including the sore throat. About 10% of the population are carriers of strep (strep lives in the throat but does not cause any symptoms. Most experts would say not to even test someone for strep if they have runny nose, cough, etc since a positive test nearly laways comes from someone who is a carrier
Feb 13, 2013

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