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My son is still running a fever of over 101 and has a cough despite being on antibiotics for 4 days now. Should I be concerned?
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Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily
The most likely explanation is that the fever and cough are being caused by one of the many respiratory viruses that are very common this time of year. Antibiotics will not be effective because there is no bacterial infection.
It should run its course, but if the fever persists for several more days it is important to have him re-evaluated by his doctor.

In brief: Not necessarily
The most likely explanation is that the fever and cough are being caused by one of the many respiratory viruses that are very common this time of year. Antibiotics will not be effective because there is no bacterial infection.
It should run its course, but if the fever persists for several more days it is important to have him re-evaluated by his doctor.
Dr. Brian Bezack
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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
You need to discuss it with your physician very soon & likely needs prompt care with cultures & further studies.
Could be a higher dosage or a different antibiotic. It can also be a non infectious cause.

In brief: Yes
You need to discuss it with your physician very soon & likely needs prompt care with cultures & further studies.
Could be a higher dosage or a different antibiotic. It can also be a non infectious cause.
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Aranda is absolutely correct. If you are receiving an antibiotic like penicillin or cephalosporins, you may not respond to Legionnaire's Disease, Mycoplasma, or other atypical pneumonias. Or this might be viral, in which case you will not respond to anything but time.
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