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A 40-year-old female asked:

My daughter (age 6) has a fever of 38 degrees. it has been two days now. she complains of headache and body ache but nothing else. her appetite is normal. her two upper molars is coming out - could that be the cause?

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Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Yes Maybe: Teething involves the rupturing of the gum (Mucosa) with associated inflammatory reaction. Your daughter is at the age when this occurs for the eruption of the first adult (secondary) molars and the front teeth also. While a fever is an unusual symptom it is not unknown. If this continues much longer have her checked.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Fever: Most probably due to viral infection, not teething. As your daughter is 6, she should have been under a General Dentists's or a specialist Pedodontist's care since Age 1, and a General Physician's or specialist Pediatrician's care since birth. Both should be consulted.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Symptoms: I agree that this could be related to a viral infection. Any COVID 19 contacts? Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher if you have at least 2 of these symptoms: temp of at least 99.6 F (37.5 C), Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

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