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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

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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I have severe blood shot eyes, mild cough with mucus, high fever, bad migraine and swollen neck. What is the cause of these symptoms?

I have severe blood shot eyes, mild cough with mucus, high fever, bad migraine and swollen neck. What is the cause of these symptoms?

Infectious process: You have an infectious disease most probabely bacterial, but can be viral.Se your doctor as soon as possible as you may need antibiotics if indicated. ...Read more

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Can a severe reaction (such as swelling& high fever) to a whooping cough shot in the 50's cause an abnormal EEG and seizures in later life?

Can a severe reaction (such as swelling& high fever) to a whooping cough shot in the 50's cause an abnormal EEG and seizures in later life?

Pertussis vaccine: This would be unlikely, but anything is possible. A very rare yet serious side effect associated with this vaccine is the occurrence of seizures. The cdc reports seizures in association with the vaccine (although not necessarily causative) in one child out of 14, 000 who are immunized. This can lead to coma, brain damage and even death, but these side effects usually occur shortly after. ...Read more

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Had dysphagia, odynophagia, high fever.Dr prscrbd cefixime 6 day course.Was ok fr 3-4 days, then my throat pain started again with severe dry cough.Abx?

Possibly: Whenever treatment fails or relapses, it would be good to see the doctor again for a new evaluation; the time course, response to therapy, or new symptoms often prompts a change in thought as to what the disease is. ...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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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 3yr old daughter has cough and high fever 38-39. Lab test results, hemoglbn, 109 hematocrit .32, RBC 3.42..Is it infection? Is cefalexin okay?

My 3yr old  daughter has cough and high fever  38-39. Lab test results, hemoglbn, 109 hematocrit .32, RBC 3.42..Is it infection? Is cefalexin okay?

It depends: If your doctor has examined your daughter and prescribed the antibiotic for a specific infection, she is in the best position to know what your child needs. There are a variety of causes of fever and cough in kids- some need antibiotics and some don't- but it depends on the exam your doctor does and what she finds. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes , runny nose , frequent cough , and high fever and weeze noise In lungs , what could this be?

I have swollen lymph nodes , runny nose , frequent cough , and high fever and weeze noise In lungs , what could this be?

Probably cold or flu: Probably just a bad cold or flu. But with "high fever" you need to contact your doctor. Maybe s/he will want to examine you to check for bronchitis or pneumonia that might need an antibiotic. If chills, shortess of breath, if you cough up any blood, or if you have other lung disease like asthma, do it now, even though it's Sunday pm. Otherwise it should be safe to wait until tomorrow. Good luck! ...Read more

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My daughter that is almost 9 has a runny nose, bad cough and high fever for three days now. She is on antibiotics since Tuesday, nose spray and anti-histamines but keeps getting fevers. Is it too early to expect an improvement?

My daughter that is almost 9 has a runny nose, bad cough and high fever for three days now. She is on antibiotics since Tuesday, nose spray and anti-histamines but keeps getting fevers. Is it too early to expect an improvement?

Viral infection: She most likely has a viral infection, hence the antibiotics not helping. Add some antipyretic for for fever and continue other treatment until symptoms improve. Should she not improve after few more days or if condition worsens then consult with gp again. ...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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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