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Child has high fever, stuffy nose, blood shot eyes without pain or irritation. How concerned should be about eye redness?

My seven year old son has had a fever this weekend, the highest recorded at 104.7 according to a forehead thermometer . Along with stuffy nose and a cough , both of his eyes have been red and blood shot. He has not exhibited a fever for about the last day and a half but the red blood shot eyes have remained. His tear ducts have not had any sort of discharge and he says they do not hurt or itch . How concerned about the redness should we be and how long before we should take him in. His first elevated temp would have been on Saturday the 5th.
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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It seems from the history that your seven year old son has fever along with cold and cough indicating upper respiratory tract infection. Redness of the eyes is commonly seen in febrile conditions like fever because of reflex hyperemia. It is only transient and it will decrease with treatment for fever.
Since as from your history there is no discharge or watering from the eyes, which indicate conjunctivitis, no need to worry about the redness of the eyes. The condition will resolve with treatment of fever.
If symptoms like watering, discharge are present along with redness of eyes, you need to consult eye doctor.
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Answered: Sun, 21 Jul 2013
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