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Fever in child with no other symptoms?

Fever in child with no other symptoms?

Watchful waiting: Since you dont mention how high his temperature is, i assume it must be over 101 for the moment i would push fluids and use anti pyretics like tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. ...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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4yr old.With fever and headache. No cough or mucus?

4yr old.With fever and headache. No cough or mucus?

Many thoughts: A 4 year old with fever and headache can have a mild illness or a severe illness. I first think of strep throat or viral sore throat. Then i think of pneumonia, viral infection, and then the big ones, meningitis and such. I would like to know if s/he is better after some Ibuprofen or acetamenophen? Rash? Sore throat? Enlarged nodes? Eating or drinking? If in doubt, see your pcp! ...Read more

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Toddler has congestion and cough, is it common for her to have a headache with this? No fever

Toddler has congestion and cough, is it common for her to have a headache with this? No fever

See Your Doctor Now: Upper respiratory infections are common in children; body aches & headache can occur however headache can be a sign of more serious illness or complications such as sinus infection, meningitis. & more. Be aware toddlers have limited communication skills & cues to worsening or severity of illness are easily missed. See your child's doctor now for correct diagnosis & prompt treatment. ...Read more

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17year old with productive cough fatigue no fever?

Bronchitis: If this person is it sounds like it may be time to see the doctor. A persistent productive cough and fatigue may be more than just a cold. ...Read more

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My child has hives and a persistent cough, no fever, manifested this morning. any ideas appreciated.

My child has hives and a persistent cough, no fever, manifested this morning.  any ideas appreciated.

Virus: The most common cause of both hives and cough would be viral infection. New hives can be treated with as needed long acting next generation antihistamine (cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine). Be sure to use the appropriate dose. Another potential cause is environmental allergy (in which case antihistamine will also improve cough), but this is less likely to cause the hives. Good luck! ...Read more

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1 year old son with diarrhea and occasional vomiting with no fever or other symptoms. He is eating and drinking fine. Any suggestions?

1 year old son with diarrhea and occasional vomiting with no fever or other symptoms. He is eating and drinking fine. Any suggestions?

Call his Doctor: Most likely it is viral gastroenteritis and has to run it's course. You can help with feeding with smaller portions but more often. Emphasis on hydration. Exclude or significantly decrease milk and milk products, concentrated sweets. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Allergies: Most likely nasal allergy followed by mouth breathing followed by a cough possibly productive of mucoid material. Try allergy meds and a vaporizer at night. ...Read more

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Any experience with a persistent nigthtime cough in children?

Any experience with a persistent nigthtime cough in children?

Asthma, Allergies?: Nighttime cough is often caused by asthma, although allergies are also a problem - especially in Texas. Chronic or persistent cough could be caused by pneumonia, foreign body, viral infections, or even pertussis. Visit your doctor for an exam; a chest X-ray may be needed. Consider using an allergy medicine to see if this helps. Call for a sick visit for difficulty breathing or audible wheezing. ...Read more

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1 year old daughter with diarrhea and occasional vomiting with no fever and other symptoms except no urine output for 10hours now. Any suggestions?

1 year old daughter with diarrhea and occasional vomiting with no fever and other symptoms except no urine output  for 10hours now. Any suggestions?

Dehydration: Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with hydration in the face of vomiting and diarrhea. If you have provided her with increased fluids ; there is still no urine, would contact her doctor. He or she can provide parameters regarding need for intravenous fluids. ...Read more

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Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms. He is eating and drinking.

Son 5.5 yrs has wet cough with mild congestion and no other symptoms.  He is eating and drinking.

Watchful waiting: A five year old with a cough and congestion for a few days can be watched at home and treated with fluids, humidifier and perhaps an OTC cough product (although they probably are not very effective). Your child should be seen by a doctor if there is wheezing, short of breath, fever, unable to drink fluids, or just "looks real sick" to you, especially if it lingers. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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I have a persistant swollen, sore throat with with mucus. No fever. Also dry cough, runny nose, mild headache, and chills. Cold/flu? Tonsillitus?

I have a persistant swollen,  sore throat with with mucus. No fever. Also dry cough, runny nose, mild headache, and chills. Cold/flu? Tonsillitus?

Many causes: A 36 year old female with sore throat, mucus, dry cough, runny nose, headache, chills. This could be a simple virus (like a common cold), or a virus like the flu which causes more severe symptoms. It also could be a bacterial infection like strep pharyngitis or sinusitis. Hard to tell without exam. See a health care provider if symptoms not getting better. ...Read more

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64 yom has been experiencing cough with mucus and runny nose in the am for 6 months. No fever or other complains Taking alegra and Flonase, no help?

64 yom has been experiencing cough with mucus and runny nose in the am for 6 months. No fever or other complains Taking alegra and Flonase, no help?

Post Nasal Drip: Chronic cough is most commonly due to 3 conditions: asthma, post-nasal drip, or GERD (heartburn). You might have one or a combination of all three. Further workup by Allergist is helpful as they can perform a more detailed assessment including skin testing, pulmonary function testing, and.chest x-ray. Sounds like chronic rhinitis, avoidance of triggers important, allergy shots could be an option. ...Read more

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7 month old has really bad cough runny nose no fever... is there any treatment for cough in baby?

7 month old has really bad cough runny nose no fever... is there any treatment for cough in baby?

Vicks rub: Get a kids Vicks rub and rub into baby's chest, back and feet before bedtime, put humidifier into the room, suction nose and use saline drops. If not better in a couple of days see your pediatrician ...Read more

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Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Had common cold with fever. Fever gone now, just nasal congestion and productive cough. Phlegm appears green. Paranoid about pneumonia?

Don't worry.: Pneumonia will give you a fever and your symptoms would have gotten worse, not better, without treatment. It is common to have congestion and cough when recovering from an upper respiratory infection, the majority of which are caused by viruses. not bacteria. If you get sick again, go see your primary MD for evaluation and maybe an xray, if necessary. ...Read more

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14 month old with runny nose dry nonproductive cough and no fevet?

14 month old with runny nose dry nonproductive cough and no fevet?

Runny nose: Incredibly common in the young. Tons of mucus production with the tiniest of sinuses and small drainage outlets. Bubble syringe to suck out any mucus, humidifier in the bedroom, no pets in the bedroom, windows closed. If continues, consider speaking with the doctor for additional methods to dry up the childs nose. ...Read more

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5 yr old with headache vomiting sore throat. No fever?

5 yr old with headache vomiting sore throat.  No fever?

Call Peds: Needs checked for strep throat. Not absolute, but possible. Call your pediatrician. Many kids with strep will have nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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My child has hives and a persistent cough, no fever, manifested this morning. any ideas appreciated.

Virus: The most common cause of both hives and cough would be viral infection. New hives can be treated with as needed long acting next generation antihistamine (cetirizine, loratadine, fexofenadine). Be sure to use the appropriate dose. Another potential cause is environmental allergy (in which case antihistamine will also improve cough), but this is less likely to cause the hives. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough. No fever. Clear phylegm. I took otc cough stuff and Vick’s but just can’t seem to kick it.

Need to examine: If you cough has persisted for more than three weeks, please see a doctor. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician.
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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. What is going on?

Allergies: Most likely nasal allergy followed by mouth breathing followed by a cough possibly productive of mucoid material. Try allergy meds and a vaporizer at night. ...Read more

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3 year old with very persistent cough struggling to talk. No fever but keeps saying he is cold although he has many layers on. ?

3 year old with very persistent cough struggling to talk. No fever but keeps saying he is cold although he has many layers on. ?

Time for a visit : Anytime a kid struggles to talk their lung function is compromised to a worrisome level. Fever is not the only issue to worry about. I would have him seen now. ...Read more

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Chronic cough 8 days, lots clear chest phlegm in morning. No fever. Dr rxd z pack; bromfed. I was hesitant to take since i read this goes away usually on its own but today is 8 day so took two pills. Should that be ok? Thinking its cold or bronchiti

Chronic cough 8 days, lots clear chest phlegm in morning. No fever. Dr rxd z pack; bromfed. I was hesitant to take since i read this goes away usually on its own but today is 8 day so took two pills. Should that be ok? Thinking its cold or bronchiti

Maybe bronchitis: It is not uncommon to contract a viral illness then have respiratory inflammation that causes bronchitis. These are usually not bacterial infections. However, if your symptoms are not improving and you have risk factors like smoking history or copd then you have a higher risk of bacterial infections. If you started your antibiotic (zpak) then complete the course. If you not improving see doc. ...Read more

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Head face congestion X 11 days recently turned into a persistent cough fever N/V/D X 1 day temp 101.8 advice?

Head face congestion X 11 days recently turned into a persistent cough fever N/V/D X 1 day temp 101.8 advice?

Acute sinusitis: Treatment of sinusitis remains controversial, partly due to acute vs chronic nature. We also want to avoid antibiotic resistance since more upper respiratory infections are due to viruses. However, in cases such as yours, most of us would lean towards prescribing antibiotics. Bottom line, go see your Family Doc for evaluation & treatment. Check out http://goo.gl/EQ71IF for more info. ...Read more

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Have persistent cough for 7 days. Fever for 4. Coughed up white foamy bubbles this morning firing bad fit. What does this mean?

Have persistent cough for 7 days. Fever for 4. Coughed up white foamy bubbles this morning firing bad fit. What does this mean?

URI vs. pneumonia: It means it is time to see a doctor and get evaluated thoroughly. Please go either to your PCP, an urgent care center or an ER. Do not delay. Hope you get treated and are better soon. ...Read more

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Persistent cough with low grade fever, coughing up foam ?

Persistent cough with low grade fever, coughing up foam ?

Cough: You cough is due to a post nasal drip from a possible sinus infection. Use a vaporizer at night and sleep on several pillows. If the symptoms have been present for longer than ten days consult an ENT specialist for possible antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

I have a persistent cough for 1 week that started 2 weeks post-surgery. 1 day w/ fever of 102. Yesterday cough started producing pink sputum.

Pneumonia post-op: Better see the surgeon or your primary care physician. Post-operative complications include pneumonia. If you experience shortness of breath or chest pain or persistently elevated fever, go to the emergency room. Blood in the sputum, hemoptysis, is not a good sign. It can occur in pneumonia, tuberculosis, lung cancer, pulmonary edema, for example. ...Read more

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Had a persistent cough fever and snuffles now sore throat ?

Had a persistent cough fever and snuffles now sore throat
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Viral syndrome: It sounds like you may have picked up a viral syndrome. The best thing to do is to remain hydrated, use Ibuprofen at the appropriate dose and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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Headache, persistent  cough that started last night, 100.1 fever, vomited this am. No major body aches. Is this flu?

Headache, persistent  cough that started last night, 100.1 fever, vomited this am. No major body aches. Is this flu?

Flu: Greetings, Yes, this sounds like the flu. Rest, fluids, cough suppressants and pain meds as needed. If the symptoms persist beyond 5-7 days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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5yr old has had persistent cough for a week.Had fever that's gone now.Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

5yr old has had persistent cough for a week.Had fever that's gone now.Clear phlegm but otherwise he's himself. Does this sound like bronchitis?

Mgt: It may represent that her illness is resolving. If she does not improve in the next few days,or if she has a fever, please see your PCP. Most bronchitis infections are caused by viral illnesses. ...Read more

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20 month old caught a virus (persistent cough) from family members in his house. But he has had a fever of 101 for 5 straight days. Should we worry?

20 month old caught a virus (persistent cough) from family members in his house.  But he has had a fever of 101 for 5 straight days.  Should we worry?

Not particularly: A low grade fever during a simple virus is often present for the duration. Many last a week or longer. As long as the kid takes fluids well enough to pee every 6 hours, plays some & appears stable, it can be monitored at home. ...Read more

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Normal chest X-ray .. Having persistent cough for 2 months that sometimes gets better and low grade fever that comes and goes?

Normal chest X-ray .. Having persistent cough for 2 months that sometimes gets better and low grade fever that comes and goes?

Respiratory infect: You have an inflammation in your upper respiratory tract which is probably due to infection. Would need far more info to even begin to speculate, particularly since do not know what you mean by a low grade fever. One of the more common causes would be Mycoplasma or adult pertussis. If you want to provide more info rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Normal chest X-ray. Persistent cough since 2 months that sometime gets better,99-99.8 fever that comes &goes, taking steroid inhaler but not effective?

Normal chest X-ray. Persistent cough since 2 months that sometime gets better,99-99.8 fever that comes &goes, taking steroid inhaler but not effective?

Fever: You do not have fever. This is normal body temperature depending upon the time of day and what you have been doing. Unless your body temperature reaches 100F or fails to get as low as 98.6F (37) during a 24 period you do not have fever. Your cough could be due to one of the conditions I mentioned earlier, but could also be due to other things. See your doctor and get examined. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Aida Soriano
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Persistent Cough (Definition)

Cough- rapid expulsion of air from lungs, (usually to clear airways). Persistent = continuing over a ...Read more


Dr. Russell Faust
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Chronic Cough (Definition)

Chronic cough = persistently expelling air from lungs ...Read more