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I have a 16 month old son that has had a 102 to103 degree fever for 24 hours now accompanied by an occasional bad cough sounds like chest congestion?

I have a 16 month old son that has had a 102 to103 degree fever for 24 hours now accompanied by an occasional bad cough sounds like chest congestion?

Stable?: As long as he is not in pain, taking fluids well and more or less acting normally, this does not sound as if it is an emergency. If this changes or he is having breathing difficulties, call your doctor right away. Or if fever more than 3-4 days. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough

9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough

Hard to say: Antibiotics are useless in treating cough unless there is a bacterial infection causing it. Some kids with simple viral bronchitis will cough hard for up to a month. Work with the kids doc to see what is going on. Don't assume that antibiotics are needed, although they could be. Sometimes they develop a sinus infection that triggers persistent cough after the initial issue has passed. ...Read more

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Sick for two weeks, started feeling better now sick again. Chest congestion, cough, 101.9 fever, achy, fatigue, increased HR. What is it. Cold? Flu?

Sick for two weeks, started feeling better now sick again. Chest congestion, cough, 101.9 fever, achy, fatigue, increased HR. What is it. Cold? Flu?

Viral Infection: Your symptoms are consistent with a viral infection in this case perhaps influenza. Because their are medications to shorten its course if you start them early you should be seen and evaluated ASAP. ...Read more

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2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

2 y/o w ear infec bin on amoxicilin for 5 dy fever gon is playful but stil no apetit n chest congestion n cough as bad as day1. Switch antib?

Otitis media: You may have continue the same abx, as it appears it has helped as the fever went down and child is playful. However if he is not improving in the next five days, you may have to take him back to the doctor. ...Read more

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I had a 2 day fever and I've been having bad cough and nasal congestion since friday, my period was due yesterday. Can illness delay your period?

I had a 2 day fever and I've been having bad cough and nasal congestion since friday, my period was due yesterday. Can illness delay your period?

Stress of any kind: Infection is stress and it sounds like you have the start of one-any stress emotional or physican can mess around with your hormones and potentially delay it, but if you are sexually active then you have to think about pregnancy too. I would wait a few days before checking a pregnancy test bcause your period may still come. ...Read more

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Painful throat, low grade fever, night sweats for first 2 nights, nasal congestion, bad cough, is this sign of HIV ARS at 3 weeks? Or viral infection?

Painful throat, low grade fever, night sweats for first 2 nights, nasal congestion, bad cough, is this sign of HIV ARS at 3 weeks? Or viral infection?

Virus: It sounds like a bad cold or the flu. Start with hydration, rest and OTC rx. If it persists then see your doctor for a good checkup especially if the cough persists. (may be bronchitis or less likely pneumonia) ...Read more

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21 m old boy, 2 ear infections, high fever, bad cough, runny nose, congestion, irritability, sore throat. Loss of appetite on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 3 d no change?

21 m old boy, 2 ear infections, high fever, bad cough, runny nose, congestion, irritability, sore throat. Loss of appetite on amoxil (amoxicillin) for 3 d no change?

May be viral: Most ear infections, up to 85%, are caused by viruses that won't respond to ab. There is also the possibility that his infection is due to a bacteria that's resistant to amoxil (amoxicillin).
When you say he has been on 3d of Amoxil (amoxicillin) are you counting the first day as the day you started the medication? If so then he has only had 2 days worth and it might be that you need to give amox more time. Good luck. ...Read more

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3yo on day 3 of fever, cough and nasal congestion. Dr yesterday says ears lungs fine. When should fever go away before bringing her back?

3yo on day 3 of fever, cough and nasal congestion. Dr yesterday says ears lungs fine. When should fever go away before bringing her back?

Common cold: Sounds like an acute viral URI and she should recover uneventfully within 5-7 days. If fever becomes higher, behavior patterns change, not feeding, sleeping excessively, developing new symptoms would call your family doctor or pediatrician and let them know what is going on and follow their directions. ...Read more

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History of lung congestion and phlem from childhood. If I drink smthing cold I'm likely to get sore throat, cough, fever. How to improve lung resistance?

Lung Resistance: Best bet will be to have lung function test (PFT), to be evaluated by lung doctor (pulmonologist). It will identify if you have any problem. Regarding frequent congestion and phlegm, you may have chronic sinus problem. You may need antibiotic course. One stop shop at pulmonologist should be helpful. Hope this helps. Let me know. Thanks. ...Read more

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18wks prego w/strep throat can I let it ride out? Antibiotics? Had chest congestion&100.6 fever thursday. Now just have bad cough, sore throat&runny

18wks prego w/strep throat can I let it ride out? Antibiotics? Had chest congestion&100.6 fever thursday. Now just have bad cough, sore throat&runny

? documented?: Many soar throats are self healing viruses. Only testing could tell if you really had strep. If you do, the common meds used to treat it pose no risk to baby, while your failure to treat might create problems for you. ...Read more

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What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad. Cough, and chest congestion?

What medicine is safe to take during pregnancy for extreme headache, bad. Cough, and chest congestion?

Depends on trimester: During 1st trimester always bet to avoid meds. Later on tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay and technically speaking an opioid antitussive should be okay. Discuss with OB before taking any new meds. Avoid all nsaids. ...Read more

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How can I get ride of my scratchy raspy voice and my chest congestion and bad cough of 3 months?

How can I get ride of my scratchy raspy voice and my chest congestion and bad cough of 3 months?

Could be reflux: A cough that has lasted more than 8 weeks is most often cause by one of four reason: 1. Allergies or post nasal drip 2. Gerd (reflux or heartburn) 3. Asthma that is manifesting as cough 4. Due to medicines, most commonly ace inhibitors which are used for high blood pressure. Of course this is assuming you are not a smoker, if you are then this may be chronic bronchitis. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 35wks 4ds pregnant. I have bad cough and flu with congestion. I must stop cough cus it's getting worse. What should I take as a relief? Please help

I'm 35wks 4ds pregnant. I have bad cough and flu with congestion. I must stop cough cus it's getting worse. What should I take as a relief? Please help

Go see your doctor: I'm sorry that you're feeling poorly but rather than focus on the cough, go see your doctor to be sure that it's not the result of something worse, eg pneumonia. Your doctor can perform appropriate tests to make that both you ; your baby are safe and then prescribe appropriate medication that is also safe for your baby (and available in kuwait). Best wishes! ...Read more

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Me and my 7 year old have a bad cough nasal congestion and headache, since she was exposed to flu do u think we are getting it?

Me and my 7 year old have a bad cough nasal congestion and headache, since she was exposed to flu do u think we are getting it?

Possibly: But can't be sure. Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. ...Read more

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I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

I have plugged sinuses, yellow snot, a bad cough, congestion in chest and throat, and an irritated throat and almost no voice. What could I have?

URI: It sounds like you may have an upper respiratory infection with associated laryngitis. This could be bacterial or viral and best to see your physician to see if you need an antibiotic and/or medication to reduce swelling ...Read more

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Bad cough itchy throat chest congestion nasal congestion what over-the-counter medicine is best to take?

OTC meds: Medications like Guaifenesin which could be found in Robitussin or Mucinex (guaifenesin) can be helpful. Also for nasal stuffiness you could try afrin nasal spray one spray in each nostril twice a day. Please only take for three days as there's a high risk of rebound rhinitis if you take for longer than three days. ...Read more

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Sinus headache and minor chest cold. Doc said take Tylenol (acetaminophen) but what can I take for the cold? (33 weeks) runny nose and bad cough and congestion

Sinus headache and minor chest cold. Doc said take Tylenol (acetaminophen) but what can I take for the cold? (33 weeks) runny nose and bad cough and congestion

Yes: Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Robitussin are fine. Chicken soup has been proven to really help colds as does vitamin c and rest. Inhaling steam can help the congestion. Hoe you feel better soon. Best wishes for you and the baby. ...Read more

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Bad cough nasal drainage sore throat hot flashes chest feels heavy lots of congestion plus sinus pressure my son has bronchitis and pneumonia?

Bad cough nasal drainage sore throat hot flashes chest feels heavy lots of congestion plus sinus pressure my son has bronchitis and pneumonia?

Need 2 c ur doctor: Very much possible that you have the same bug as your son, better get seen, you may need prescription medicines, in the interim: rest, if you can, fluids, nasal saline wash, salt water gargles and pain killers, wish you and your son wellness ...Read more

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Is chest congestion a symptom of the flu? I have a fever and cough with chest congestion. Could it be the flu or something else? .

Is chest congestion a symptom of the flu? I have a fever and cough with chest congestion. Could it be the flu or something else? .

ABSOLUTELY: These are all cold and flu symptoms--especially the fever. See your doctor for a diagnosis. In early stages, there are medications available to help thwart the symptoms and progression of the flu virus. ...Read more

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Is chest congestion a symptom of the flu? I have a fever and cough with chest congestion. Could it be the flu or something else? .

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Could be.: If you are adult, you should take Amoxil 500 mg 4 times a day for 7 days. Phenergan (promethazine) dm cough syrup, one teaspooful 3 times a day till the cough improves. Also take Allegra 180 mg once at night for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

I have had a fever and cough with chest congestion for 4 days but last night it got better. This morning my congestion lead to difficulty breathing.

Call 911: If you are truly having difficulty breathing, do not drive yourself. Have someone else drive you or call 911. You should go to the emergency department. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have chest pain, congestion and a cough; but no fever. Its been five days and I don't insurance, what can I do to feel better?

I have chest pain, congestion and a cough; but no fever. Its been five days and I don't insurance, what can I do to feel better?

Bronchitis: May be bacterial or viral. Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) will relieve cough. I would generally recommend seeing a doctor and if bacterial antibiotics. This does not mean an otherwise healthy individual cannot heal. I can generally do it faster. ...Read more

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I am battling chest congestion, annoying cough, high fever with body aches and chills. What could it be?

I am battling chest congestion, annoying cough, high fever with body aches and chills. What could it be?

Could be pneumonia.: I don't recommend that you battle this all by yourself. You should see a doctor. If that's impractical--it is Christmas eve--I'm sure one of our Health Tap doctors would be happy to do a virtual consult with you. A full audiovisual consult is a better choice than a text only consult in a case like this. Sorry you're feeling so bad. - ( ...Read more

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10 month old baby with sudden onset of chest congestion. No fever, has cough. Am doing everything possible at home. Could it be allergies?

10 month old baby with sudden onset of chest congestion. No fever, has cough. Am doing everything possible at home. Could it be allergies?

COUGH: It can be caused by anything like virus, allergies or develop bronchiolitis which can be bronchial asthma later. Treatment is supportive. Playful and feeding is good, observe. Not sure, see md. ...Read more

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A 2 year old is on the second day of off and on fever (100/101). There is chest congestion, occasional cough, not cranky, still active, decreased appetite and is drinking well. I am worried now?

A 2 year old is on the second day of off and on fever (100/101). There is chest congestion, occasional cough, not cranky, still active, decreased appetite and is drinking well. I am worried now?

Fever & cough: Fever caused by viral infections can last 3-7 days. Appetite decreases with any infection; that will return when the infection resolves. In the condition he is in now, I would recommend watchful observation. If he becomes lethargic, irritable or if the cough worsens and he stops eating or drinking, have him checked by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I've had mild congestion and lately shortness of breath chest tightness. Today when I cough my chest burns. No fevers or any other symptoms.

I've had mild congestion and lately shortness of breath chest tightness. Today when I cough my chest burns. No fevers or any other symptoms.

Viral syndrome?: This sounds like a viral syndrome, but it could of course be something more serious like angina-equivalent as well. I would have my primary care physician check me out first and obtain a chest x-ray and an ekg. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more