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Child with enlarged tonsils, fever, sore throat and headache. Due to allergy?

My 9 y/o has had enlarged tonsils since Jan without strep , fever that persists and won t go away for more than 2 days. Her doctor yesterday said no signs of infection and said maybe allergies. She took Claritin as prescribed and has been sleeping all day, now has a fever again. Other than a sore throat and headache she feels fine. Can allergies do this?
Asked On : Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Hi, I am Dr Mbong.

Allergies in some persons can be enough to cause swollen tonsils (tonsilitis). If that is the cause then claritin will be fine (sleepiness is one of its side effects).

However if she is developing a fever again, then one has to rull out an infectious cause (bug) or some local complication of the swollen tonsils such as an ear or nose infection for a swollen tonsils can prevent normal aeration of these stuctures or draining (into the throat) of secretions they produce.

The fever may also be due to some concomittant infection which had gone un-noticed.

Please kindly see her physician for further investigation.

I wish her quick recovery,

Dr Mbong
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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