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19, been sick for 3 days, low grade fever every day, stuffy nose, almost uncontrollable cough, taking Motrin, why won't my fever go away tho?

19, been sick for 3 days, low grade fever every day, stuffy nose, almost uncontrollable cough, taking Motrin, why won't my fever go away tho?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can check to see if there is a bad cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial, needs antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose and sinuses, infection or wheezing in the lungs (might need asthma treatment or antibiotics), etc... Usually, fever more than 3 days can mean influenza, or can be another bacterial or viral infection. ...Read more

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I've been sick for 2 days now woth fever and headaches that won't go away. What should I take?

I've been sick for 2 days now woth fever and headaches that won't go away. What should I take?

Fever & headache: As long as the fever is not high (persistently > 102), and if it has only been 2 days, I would just take Ibuprofen (otc), 3 tabs 3 times a day as this is probably a viral process that will go away by itself. I would wait up to a week for low-grade fever and mild to moderate headache to go away on its own. If the fever is high, or if the headache is unusually severe, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi my son has fever and a cough since monday. And it just won't go away. What can I give him?

Hi my son has fever and a cough since monday. And it just won't go away. What can I give him?

See a Pediatrician : If the fever is around 101°f or higher and fever had been recurring for 3 days, he needs proper medical attention asap to avoid complications. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Influenza B Thursday. Had a fever (99-102) since Tuesday. Fever won't go away. Should I be worried?

Diagnosed with Influenza B Thursday. Had a fever (99-102) since Tuesday. Fever won't go away. Should I be worried?

No: The febrile phase of influenza B can last 7 days (sucks big time, doesn't it). Make sure to keep yourself well hydrated. If temp is going over 104 or you develop worsening cough and/or shortness of breath, seek medical care again as you can develop a secondary pneumonia. In the future, to avoid this, get flu vaccine EVERY YEAR! Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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16mo old fever 100.6-101.6x2 wks, brought to doc after 1 wk all clear. Fever won't go away. Could it be teething? 4 molars coming in at once

16mo old fever 100.6-101.6x2 wks, brought to doc after 1 wk all clear. Fever won't go away. Could it be teething? 4 molars coming in at once

Probably: Elevated temperature/low grade fever is a very common symptom while a child is teething. A simple pain reliever/fever reducer like advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) is your first line of treatment. However, if the temperature rises much above 100 or 101 degrees f return to your physician. ...Read more

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I've been sick for three days my partner told me he had gonorrhea and I took pills my head and fever won't go away I am cold and hot at the same time?

I've been sick for three days my partner told me he had gonorrhea and I took pills my head and fever won't go away I am cold and hot at the same time?

Shaking chills: You sound quite ill and it may or may not be from gonorrhea, but I would not take the chance. Gonorrhea is quite easily transmitted and you may be experiencing "systemic infection" (infection spreads via blood) and could potentially be fatal. Folks with 1 std often carry others such as hiv/herpes as well. Acute HIV can cause your symptoms too. So, please check in with your doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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My child has a fever that won't go away, but the doctor says its just a virus. Do I need to worry its something else?

My child has a fever that won't go away, but the doctor says its just a virus. Do I need to worry its something else?

Yes: This is not a question that can be answered without a physical exam. If you are concerned that something else could be the cause of the fever, your baby must be reexamined. ...Read more

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I've had a deep cough since march. Why won't it go away? Zpack & antibiotic tried. My fever went away already however this cough has not.

I've had a deep cough since march. Why won't it go away? Zpack & antibiotic tried. My fever went away already however this cough has not.

Not unusual: The fever and infection appear to clear up, but the cough sounds like it is hanging around, which is very common after both viral and bacterial infections that involve the airways and lungs. I tell people to think of what they've been through as if you burned yourself. The skin heals, infection clears or is avoided, but the area of skin is still sensitive for weeks. Same happens in lungs/airways. ...Read more

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Low grade fever off and on for about 4weeks now, hunger pains after eating seems it won't go away and I have no ulcers. Temp range from 98.6 to 99.1?

Low grade fever off and on for about 4weeks now, hunger pains after eating seems it won't go away and I have no ulcers. Temp range from 98.6 to 99.1?

Normal temps: You do not have fever. Normal body temps range from 96.2 to 99.9 during a day. Not sure what you mean by hunger pains, but seeing a good GI doctor will be beneficial. Hope this works out soon. ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 years old daugther has a 103.7 fever since thursday morning, that won't go away, now she says that her left breast hurts? What can this be?

My 3 1/2 years old daugther has a 103.7 fever since thursday morning, that won't go away, now she says that her left breast hurts? What can this be?

See a doctor: A three-year old should not be having chest pain with a purely viral infection. Please go to an emergency room asap and have her examined and treated. Do not wait. Hope you are better soon. Preferably use a children's hospital or one with a large pediatric department ...Read more

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I have an ear ache & a migraine that won't go away. I'm also very dizzy & have a fever. What is happening to me?

I have an ear ache & a migraine that won't go away.  I'm also very dizzy & have a fever. What is happening to me?

Problems: This is a good question but the best advice is to get in and see your doctor today and let him have a chance to figure what is going on. This forum can't give the answer you need because we can't do the tests and exam you need to get to the root of the problem. Please get help today and let us know what they tell you at the doctors office. ...Read more

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My son has a fever, a stomach ache, and won't stop throwing up. What can I do to make it go away?

My son has a fever, a stomach ache, and won't stop throwing up. What can I do to make it go away?

Emergency Room.: When children can't stop throwing up, they can get dehydrated, and get really sick, really fast. Although Acetaminophen is generally good for fever, and nausea medication is for nausea, not being able to keep it down, requires help and probably IV hydration. Also, although stomach ache might be insignificant, there can also be a serious reason for it. Needs check up by PCP or ER. ...Read more

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I had a bacterial virus and fever them led to step throat won't seem to go away after a week, now I'm noticing a lump on my neck. What's going on?

I had a bacterial virus and fever them led to step throat won't seem to go away after a week, now I'm noticing a lump on my neck. What's going on?

Mononucleosis?: How were you diagnosed with strep throat? If you took a course of Amoxicillin the symptoms should be gone by now. It is possible you were misdiagnosed and are suffering from infectious mononucleosis which routinely resolves on its own. If the swelling gets larger or becomes painful see your primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Consistent low grade fever for over 2 weeks. Pcos, anemia, anxiety, deppprision, tooth abcess, acne under my chin that won't go away. Been on clindmaycin?

Consistent low grade fever for over 2 weeks. Pcos, anemia, anxiety, deppprision, tooth abcess, acne under my chin that won't go away. Been on clindmaycin?

Mix of problems: You have a mix of different problems here -- some which are chronic, and others which are more acute. Both need attention. Your low grade fever may well relate to your tooth abscess -- is a dentist treating you? Antibiotics alone without dental treatment will likely not eliminate the infection or the fever. The other issues can be addressed via your primary care physician and psychiatrist. ...Read more

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If having a reaction to rifamprin how long does it take for the fever to go away?

If having a reaction to rifamprin how long does it take for the fever to go away?

Rifampin vs. fever: It's not clear what type of reaction you got from rifampin. If you implied fever as the type of reaction from rifampin, it's quite uncommon one. I am not sure if it is caused by rifampin. If there is another reaction in mind, let us know. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the effects of a benedryl overdose to go away? Person took 500 mgs in the span of 5 hours and a day later still has fever.

ER: That is 10 times the normal dose. That person should be in the er, both for assessment of the overdose complications and the underlying reason of why this person took the overdose! ...Read more

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What can make a fever and headache go away?

What can make a fever and headache go away?

Motrin/aleve/tylenol: These otc meds have both antipyretic and analegic properties and so should help both problems. Fever maybe from viral illnesses, but if persistent or headache is more severe or associated with light sensitivity/neck stiffness, consult doc asap. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does fever from endocarditis go away? Or is it persistent?

Does fever from endocarditis go away? Or is it persistent?

Fever: Fever in endocarditis can wax and wane, that is it comes and goes but persists. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my difficulty breathing and fever go away?

How fast can I make my difficulty breathing and fever go away?

Need more info: If you are having fever and severe difficulty breathing, you should see a physician right away. There are so many possible causes--you could have pneumonia and need antibiotics. Don't wait! ...Read more

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Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?

Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?

Influenza: Usually resolves in 1-2 weeks. Cool compresses along with alternating NSAID & tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours (if fever over 101º). If symptoms getting worse, or developing difficulty breathing, see doc 2 b checked for pneumonia, which may complicate flu. Advise yearly flu shot for prevention. If other medical problems, see doc as soon as flu symptoms start to get antiviral med. ...Read more

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I was sick about 2 weeks ago, just a regular cold, no fever or anything but I have had this annoying cough for over a week, when will it go away?

I was sick about 2 weeks ago, just a regular cold, no fever or anything but I have had this annoying cough for over a week, when will it go away?

Cough: Often people will get a post-infectious cough after having a common cold. This can be a result of inflammation in the airways. It may last several weeks. If you are feeling sick or having a fever then you should get seen by a doctor. A trial of OTC cough medication might help but there are prescriptions that might help, as well. ...Read more

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Will cat scratch fever go away without taking medicine?

Will cat scratch fever go away without taking medicine?

Yes, if mild: Generally, cat scratch disease is not serious. Medical treatment is not usually needed. When it is severe, then antibiotics like Azithromycin can be helpful. ...Read more

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My 9 mo old has a fever of 100.5, what should I do to help it go away? She doesn't seem sick in any way.? Her chest is very hot.

My 9 mo old has a fever of 100.5, what should I do to help it go away? She doesn't seem sick in any way.? Her chest is very hot.

Nothing/tylenol: A fever of 100.5f is not very high in a 9-month-old. If he/she doesn't seem sick you don't need to give any treatment. The fever itself does no harm to the baby. If the temp. Was higher and the baby was acting sick you could give tylenol (acetaminophen) 10-15 mg per kg. By mouth. If the baby remained ill you should call your doctor or advice nurse. ...Read more

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How to make fever blister after bad cold go away?

How to make fever blister after bad cold go away?

Resolve quicker: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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How long before the symptoms of glandular fever go away?

How long before the symptoms of glandular fever go away?

Highly variable: As a general rule 4-12 wks, but chronic long-term manifestations are well documented. This is ebv infectious mononucleosis. This herpes virus, like the others, sets up permanent residence in people who are infected, and can potentially produce several malignancies, and recurrence of symptoms of mono are also reported, as is recurrence. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like trouble breathing and fever go away quickly?

Do symptoms like trouble breathing and fever go away quickly?

When did it start?: If you are in good health & have sudden onset of fever & trouble breathing think acute infection — pneumonia, bronchitis, croup. Your doctor or er can help a lot with this. Don't delay — go today! If you have a chronic breathing problem like asthma or COPD you are having an exacerbation. Follow your treatment plan or update your md on status change. Don't sweat the rare stuff — that's our job. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my shortness of breath and fever go away?

How fast can I make my shortness of breath and fever go away?

Depends: It depends on why you have it. If your symptoms are from a chronic disease like COPD and heart failure the symptoms may not go away quickly. If these symptoms have just come on and you have not seen your doctor, do so immediately. ...Read more