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2 yr old son, 103.9f fever 1 day, runny nose, occasional cough, red throat. flu test negative. dr said viral but gave antibiotic. what's his sickness?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Unclear: Need to ask doctor why he/she prescribed antibiotic if viral infection was suspected. Child has upper respiratory infection but unclear what organism doctor wanted antibiotics to cover.
Dr. Alan Levine
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Not sure.........: With a history of one day of fever runny nose and cough, this sounds very viral. I am not sure why your son was given an antibiotic--a throat swab was not done to consider strep throat, the only throat infection for which an antibiotic would be given,

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