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Herman, MN
A 40-year-old female asked about a male:

Son14, cough/hacking/runny nose,sore throat, fever vary to 100.6, dr didn't med,rapid strep norm.is he contagious? how do i know if needs re-eval?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Maybe viral: If it is viral it may be contagious. Drink plenty of fluids and follow up if he does not improve. Sometimes viral infections turn into bacterial if they do not resolve. If it started out as allergies it has progressed since he has fever. Call the doctor that examined him and see if he should be taking any allergy meds, nose sprays or inhalents. I hope he feels better soon.
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Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Fever: if his symptoms don't resolve in 48-72 hours with supportive measures have him re evaluated or do a virtual consult for assistance. Hope that helps. Consider him contagious until proven otherwise
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Dr. E Friedman
General Practice 45 years experience
Otc treatments: if son responds well within 72 hours he probably had a viral ailment--if fever breaks,assuming he rests takes otc's for his s/s and he hydrates and eats 3 meals per day. Contagious if someone else in household gets sick--if he maintains fever and worsening of symptoms, get re-eval
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Last updated Jan 26, 2017

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