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Child diagnosed with pneumonia without chest x-ray, on zpack, steroid, appears pale, has fatigue, low grade temperature. Cause?

my 16-year-old son was diagnosed with pneumonia on Monday without chest xray and was placed on a z-pack. He is also taking steriod dose pack. He has continued to appear pale with congested cough and fatigue . He is constantly saying he is cold and when I check his temperature he has been as low as 96.8-97.8F. I am concerned about the temperature and that he continues to look quite pale. He is on day 4 of his z-pack. What should I make of all of this?
Asked On : Sun, 23 Sep 2012
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Hi dear Thanks for your question,pneumonia can be diagnosed clinically with out chest X-Ray,although pneumonia is pathological diagnosis,Z pack is azthromycin has good coverage for respiratory infection.children very quickly goes into respiratory distress,and may be the child was in respiratory distress,that is the reason doctor might have prescribed him steroids,the low temperature could be due to steriods,the fatigue and appearing pale is due to the disease child is having
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