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Doctor insights on: High Fever And Cough In Adults

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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65 years old with bad cough and high fever. On zpak and not getting better.?

65 years old with bad cough and high fever.  On zpak and not getting better.?

How long?: How long have symptoms been bothering you? How many of the zithromycin pills have you taken? It is a broad spectrum antibiotic, usually given 2 pills as a "loading" dose and 1 each day thereafter for 5 days. If not getting better at the end of medication, another consult with md is indicated. Pneumonia needs to ruled out, as it is a very serious problem for older patients. ...Read more

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I would like to have a diagnosis. On October 20-21 I experienced a high fever. I am currently experiencing a weak body, cough, and minor cold.

I would like to have a diagnosis. On October 20-21 I experienced a high fever. I am currently experiencing a weak body, cough, and minor cold.

Well: In order to have a diagnosis you must have an exam. And you must give a good history you can have a fever for many reasons. Your cough and weakness can be from several sources. See your doctor and get examined ...Read more

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My hole house is sick. Kids had flu shot and not as bad or no high fever . Me and hubby have horrible cough and high fevers 102 can it be flu?

My hole house is sick. Kids had flu shot and not as bad or no high fever . Me and hubby have horrible cough and high fevers 102 can it be flu?

Yes: Typically with flu there is fever cough and aches.
Elderberry is wonderful for the flu.
Homeopathic gelsemium is also great if you feel dull dopey droopy and dizzy.
Oscillococcinum homeopathic can also hep with the flu. Plenty of fluids, rest, and do not overdo. ...Read more

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My daugher cough alot with high fever -38 ' Can it be tonsils?

My daugher cough alot with high fever -38 '
Can it be tonsils?

Not sure: Don't know how old your daughter is. It would be hard to determine if she has tonsillitis without visualizing tonsils. Take care. ...Read more

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My 4yr old son has a high fever dry cough and has vomited. What should I do?

My 4yr old son has a high fever dry cough and has vomited. What should I do?

Visit pediatrician: Symptoms your son exhibits requires an in office evaluation, especially with the high fever. Schedule an appointment this morning. ...Read more

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My 3 y/o daughter had high fever few days ago. After she recovered from fever, she now hvg a dry cough. is it okay for me to feed her fluimucil?

My 3 y/o daughter had high fever few days ago. After she recovered from fever, she now hvg a dry cough. is it okay for me to feed her fluimucil?

Wrong treatment : Fluimucil ( mucomyst) is used as an antidote for acetaminophen overdose and for diseases of increased secretion in the lungs. Your daughter likely had inflammation in her lungs from her infection. Not the same as increased mucus. Cough suppressants are never recommended in this age group, but there are meds that help. If she still has a wheeze or difficulty breathing, go to her doctor ...Read more

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My 2yr 4mo old girl just started coughing really bad after havin high fever for 4 days. What can I give her over-the-counter for cough? Wht can help?

My 2yr 4mo old girl just started coughing really bad after havin high fever for 4 days. What can I give her over-the-counter for cough? Wht can help?

Needs to see Doctor: A 2 yr old with high fever for several days almost always has an infection. Some viral infections don't need treatment, but a bad cough suggests pneumonia +/- wheezing, because of the preceding fever. No otc medicines are made to treat such problems in a 2 yr old. A doctor's exam is needed to check for pneumonia, and antibiotics are needed if there is pneumonia. Other cough disorders are possible. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son had a high fever 104 this past saturday and a cough. Fever came down on wed. Now he is very weak and sleepy, no appetite either. ?

My 5 year old son had a high fever 104 this past saturday and a cough. Fever came down on wed. Now he is very weak and sleepy, no appetite either. ?

Need more info: Any other symptoms? Headach, wheezing, croupy cough, vomiting, sore throat, diarrhea, rash (if so, where on the body, what kind?, how long did it last?), any breathing problem? Body ache? Joint pain? Any medications given? Anybody else in the family or in his school sick? These information would help. ...Read more

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My husband has had cold chills, a high fever, shaking and numbness all over with a deep cough. Is there something he can take? He has had broccidis many times before

My husband has had cold chills, a high fever, shaking and numbness all over with a deep cough. Is there something he can take? He has had broccidis many times before

High : High fever and chills are worrisome for a serious infection (bacterial or viral). He could have bronchitis again or even pneumonia or the flu. The only way to be sure is to seek out medical care. It is possible that he may need antibiotics if he has a bacterial infection.
By the date of this post almost a week has passed, hopefully he has improved or has seen a doctor by now. If not, he should go right away.
Take care. ...Read more

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Can you get a 48 hour flu or cold? I had a high fever, cough, chills, and gross mucus for 2 days but earlier today my fever broken and Ive been feeling good all day. This is unusually fast. Is it going to relapse? Or can short bugs exist?

Can you get a 48 hour flu or cold? I had a high fever, cough, chills, and gross mucus for 2 days but earlier today my fever broken and Ive been feeling good all day. This is unusually fast. Is it going to relapse? Or can short bugs exist?

URI, Anxiety: I commend you for your desire for good Health.
Feel good about your Immune system.
You can maintain this recovery by having rest, drinking lot of water, taking Vitamin C and Anti-oxidants.
You have Acne, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication ,and Therapy for stress in your life.
Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Yoga and Meditation ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has a high fever due to cough and cold.What antibiotic can I give her.Or any medicine..Tnx?

My 3 yr old has a high fever due to cough and cold.What antibiotic can I give her.Or any medicine..Tnx?

Symptomatic treatmen: Assuming this infection has started within the last few days it is most likely a viral illness. Antibiotics won't make a difference. Treatment is symptomatic. I would use Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the fever or actually for the fact that she is feeling poorly as the fever itself is not a problem. For the cough i'd recommend a teaspoon of honey. Ina few days she'll feel better. ...Read more

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If my 3 year old had a high fever but is now gone and has a bad cough to where he pukes should i take him to the doctor?

If my 3 year old had a high fever but is now gone and has a bad cough to where he pukes should i take him to the doctor?

Dehydration: If he is coughing and vomiting he is at risk of becoming dehydrated. Give him clears, monitor his urine output. If urine output significantly down and the he cannot keep clears down then go to the doctor. ...Read more

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My 20 month old Son experienced a high fever of 102-103 for 24 hours, then fever completely broke followed by a pink dots rash all body. Wet cough?

My 20 month old Son experienced a high fever of 102-103 for 24 hours, then fever completely broke followed by a pink dots rash all body. Wet cough?

Evaluation: You should take him to his doctor to be evaluated to find the cause so be treated, those symptom are possibility of viral infection. ...Read more

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7mo.Has high fever, wet cough, all the signs of cold but its affecting everything she does.2 diff drs said flulike virus w/o tests&gave antibiotics?

7mo.Has high fever, wet cough, all the signs of cold but its affecting everything she does.2 diff drs said flulike virus w/o tests&gave antibiotics?

Reasonable: Most 7 month olds as you describe have a viral illness that may progress into a bacterial condition. Antibiotics are reasonable treatment option. ...Read more

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I feel a burning sensation in the chest with a phlegm and severe cough and high fever?

I feel a burning sensation in the chest with a phlegm and severe cough  and high fever?

See a doctor: Health care has always, and will always be best delivered in the doctor's office. Advice can come online, but healthcare comes face to face. This could be anything from a virus to a bacterial pneumonia to something deep in the back of the textbook. See a doctor, please. ...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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Im having high fever, headache, cold & cough, toes and finger are cold. I vomited in the afternoon. What I have to do?

Im having high fever, headache, cold & cough, toes and finger are cold. I vomited in the afternoon. What I have to do?

Dehydration: You may be dehydrated from your cold or flu symptoms. Increase you fluids, water juice to tolerance. Keep hands and extremities warm. ...Read more

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She has high fever last week for 2 days and her right tonsil looks swollen. She has cough too with phlegm. Yesterday she has fever again. What is this?

She has high fever last week for 2 days and her right tonsil looks swollen. She has cough too with phlegm. Yesterday she has fever again. What is this?

Pharyngitis: Infection of the throat.
It could be caused by bacteria or virus
If simple pain relief and rest do not help her to get better in few days, she might need to see the doctor for review. ...Read more

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Moderate to high fever for 14hours now. Too much body/back pain before the fever started, no cough, no cold, heavy sweating after taking medicine, pai?

Moderate to high fever for 14hours now. Too much body/back pain before the fever started, no cough, no cold, heavy sweating after taking medicine, pai?

Flu: Unlike a cold, flu symptoms usually come on suddenly. Another key difference is a fever, which might not happen with a cold. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/adult-flu-symptoms ...Read more

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My 8 month old has had a fever a cough and runny nose, what is considerd a a high fever ? What can I do to relieve her of the symtoms?

My 8 month old has had a fever a cough and runny nose, what is considerd a a high fever ? What can I do to relieve her of the symtoms?

>104: Most people would consider a temp of >104 high fever. If there is no breathing issue, Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) would help reduce the fever. Something with honey may calm the cough. The runny nose will have to wait. If the fever gets really high, see the pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 2 year old just had a chest xray and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has no cough or other symptoms other than high fever. Does this make sense?

My 2 year old just had a chest xray and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He has no cough or other symptoms other than high fever. Does this make sense?

Easy over read: Radiologists often make a suggested diagnosis based on assumptions.You only order chest xrays if you suspect a chest finding. If the xray is taken before the kid takes a deep breath,it will look like bronchitis.The suggested label from the radiologist is just that, a suggestion,they also say this needs to have clinical correlation.The doc may have just used the label to finish the visit ...Read more

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My 5 yr old the past 6 months he has had reoccurring upper respiratory, cough and high fever.. Steroids and amoxicillin twice now back now? What now

My 5 yr old the past 6 months he has had  reoccurring upper respiratory, cough and  high fever.. Steroids and amoxicillin twice now back now? What now

Mgt: If he is growing and otherwise well, his respiratory illnesses should resolve within about 10 days. The antibiotic will not treat a viral infection, but his PCP may have diagnosed an ear infection or other problem.
If he has recurrent wheezing with respiratory infections, a plan for the use of a bronchodilator and steroids can be outlined. Virtual appointments can be booked online. ...Read more

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My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

High fever: Your child needs a complete workup, including complete blood count, esr, CRP and blood cultures.If no source for the fever can be found see a rheumatologist or hematologist for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Flu. High fever that has gone down now. Some night sweats. Mild cough. No chest pain. Blood in phlegm at morning that clears up during the day. ?

Give it time: What you described fits in with upper respiratory viral infection and it is healing. Give it time.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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High Fever (Definition)

High fever is a symptom in which a person's internal body temperature is quite high, usually above 102 degrees. Influenza (the flu), other infections, or serious inflammation are some conditions that ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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