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For 3 days I've had a barking cough, a slight fever, body aches, runny nose and im weak and shakey. What could it be and should I see a doctor?

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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

You could have whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection that may appear to be a severe cold.
If you do have it, you are contagious, and antibiotics will help you get better faster, and prevent you giving it to others. Most respiratory infections are viral, and antibiotics do not help. If you have had a vaccination called tdap, it is unlikely you have whooping cough, as the vaccine protects.

In brief: Yes

You could have whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection that may appear to be a severe cold.
If you do have it, you are contagious, and antibiotics will help you get better faster, and prevent you giving it to others. Most respiratory infections are viral, and antibiotics do not help. If you have had a vaccination called tdap, it is unlikely you have whooping cough, as the vaccine protects.
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Dr. Christian Maluf
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Croup

You may have laryngotracheitis and yes, you should see a doctor, you nay need antibiotics.

In brief: Croup

You may have laryngotracheitis and yes, you should see a doctor, you nay need antibiotics.
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