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Child has frequent low grade fever, sore nodes in neck, pink eyes. Cause?

My 4 yr old grandaughter seems to run low grade fevers frequently.This time she has sore nodes in her neck . She had pink eye a few weeks ago. Been to dr. . no answers. she seems to get fevers often. She was born with one working kidney . She sees urologist yearly.He says she is fine. She has two older sisters ages 10 and 11. Sometimes she gets red around her eyes.
Asked On : Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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Swollen neck glands - are actually inflamed lymph nodes.

This is the story in short and simplified words.Lymph contains high numbers of white blood cells(WBC) those protects our body from infections. Microbes causing infection are carried with lymph to the lymph nodes, engulfed by macrophage (a type of WBC), and eliminated. If the microbes are strong (virulent / infective) enough, the battles goes on. Microbes multiply in numbers and body recruits more and more WBCs. If the body wins- infection is subsided, if the microbes win- infection progressed. Swollen lymph nodes are symbol of inflammation in the node, i.e, the battle is going on.

Neck lymph nodes are drained from different areas of face, scalp, throat. So, exact position of swollen node suggest the affected area. It could be a blister / skin infection on face /scalp, or in throat, or gum, eye etc.

If she has recurrent infection is in her throat (sore throat), get her examined by a ENT doctor. Enlarged adenoid glands sometimes causes this type of problem. Another thing could be streptococcal sore throat - be cautious, has problematic sequels. Or, simply this could be common cough and cold (Flu).

There could be different other reasons. I just mentioned the common fews.

Get her examined by a pediatrician. Follow what he/she advises.
Answered: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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