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Child has cold, cough and noticed blood while brushing. What is causing this?

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hello, i was brushing my 4yr old almost 5 son teeth this morning and as he was spitting out i notice blood i first i thought it was his gums so i checked his teeth and didn't see anything he has a allergies and a slight cold but tends to cough really strong when he does anyway i took a light a look at the back of his mouth and notice his tonsil looked as if it was what was bleeding...what could have cause this
Posted Tue, 5 Mar 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Nilofer AR 15 minutes later
Thanks for the query.
From the history you have provided, it seems that your child is suffering from acute pharyngo-tosillitis. This means that he is having infection of the tonsils and pharynx. The common presenting symptoms of this disease includes ; fever,nasal congestion, runny nose, red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus, difficulty in swallowing, bleeding patches on the tonsils.
Usually it is caused by viral or bacterial infection. In your child, viral infection seems more likely as he has strong cough and cold.
I would advise you to administer him saline gargles, give paracetamol if he has fever, a cough suppressant and an antihistaminic for his cold.
Hope this answers your question.
Dr Nilofer AR
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Follow-up: Child has cold, cough and noticed blood while brushing. What is causing this? 7 minutes later
thank you, you are correct, he does have a runny nose and sneezing a lot which is why i thought it was allergies since he is prone to getting allergies, i had taken him on last friday because he had a low grade fever all day and they gave him antibiotics but his doctor told me not to start him on it unless he got worst so i only just started him on the antibiotics last night. what is paracetamol is that like a form of Tylenol?
Answered by Dr. Nilofer AR 7 minutes later
Paracetamol is an antipyretic and analgesic used for reducing fever. It is similar to Tylenol in action and composition as both have acetaminophen as the active compound.
Hope this answers your query.
Dr Nilofer AR
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