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Treatment for fever post chicken pox eruptions - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health
Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you?
User :   Hi Doctor
User :   Am I chatting with a dermatologist?
Doctor :   your chatting with a general physician
User :   okay, this is related to a chicken pox case
Doctor :   ok
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proceed with your query
User :   my brother is 21 years old and this is his 6th day
User :   of chicken pox
Doctor :  
User :   after the eruptions started
User :   he is having extreme temperatures that is not coming down with paracetamol
Doctor :  
User :   right now he's reached 104 degrees F
User :   what would you suggest?
Doctor :  
Doctor :   the treatment option available to reduce fever is one medication paracetamol 650 mg every 6 hourly
Doctor :  
and tepid sponging
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so if the tab is not effective in bringing down the temperature
User :   he's not responding to paracetamol
User :   its not helping to reduce his temperature
Doctor :  
than simultaneous tepid sponging should be done
User :   okay.. we've given him Ibuprofen and that does seem effective in bringing his fever down
User :   but very soon it again shoots back very high
Doctor :   ok
User :   is it okay to give Ibuprofen?
Doctor :   yes it can be given
Doctor :  
but it usually used as pain relieving medication than the antipyrexia effect
Doctor :  
try the tepid spongign
User :   okay.. a doctor here suggested not to give Ibuprofen, stating that it might cause further complications
User :   is that true?
Doctor :   you should be worried why he is having high fever on 6th day which is not responding to paracetamol
Doctor :   this means is he going in for secondary infections?
Doctor :   apart from fever what other symptoms he have?
User :   he has had a chest x ray it is ok what other tests should be carried out
User :   yes. that is what we are extremely worried about
User :   that his temperature is not coming down
User :   we have consulted three doctors here and they all say there is nothing to panic about
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
the complications are usually secondary bacterial infection of the skin, lungs and kidney
User :   but even they are unable to explain why the high fever persists
Doctor :  
this high fever is persisting from when?
User :   the chest x ray was suggested by the doctor to rule out pneumonia
Doctor :   ok

User :   from the third day
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so he doe sent have any other symptoms other than fever
User :   not that we observed
User :   just that he starts panicking too much when his fever goes high
Doctor :   how is the skin look like?

User :   and that in turn makes us worried sick
User :   the blisters have grown big now
Doctor :  
is there any discharge from the blisters?
User :   looks like they are about to crust, in the later stages of the pox
User :   no discharge yet
Doctor :  
Doctor :   no red spots on the skin apart from the blisters?
User :   except the very few that broke due to them getting pressed while in bed
User :   no, but the area around the blisters look red
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
is he receiving antiviral medication acyclovir?
User :   yes he has been put on famiclovir today itself
Doctor :  
Doctor :   the natural history of the chicken pox is it will be more sever in the adults than in children
Doctor :  
it will be in the form of febrile chicken pox in adults and lasts longer than in children
Doctor :  
since he is 21 years it seems to be the case
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as at present no complication have occurred
Doctor :  
so not to panic much
Doctor :  
continue the treatment with the famcyclovir and paracetamol
Doctor :   avoid aspirin, and pain relief medications
User :   but if paracetamol is not responding, can we give him Ibuprofen. what could be the complications of taking Ibuprofen in chicken pox
User :   okay
User :   is Ibuprofen also likely to cause complications like Aspirin?
Doctor :   aspirin causes a different syndrome
User :   yes, we have found that out
Doctor :  
and ibuprofen rarely causes skin infection which is difficult treat
Doctor :  
and it is called narcotizing fascistic
Doctor :   though it is rear better to avoid the drug
Doctor :  
narcotizing fascistis*
User :   but if the temperature does not reduce with paracetamol, what sould we do?
Doctor :  
tepid sponging
User :   and the temperature is really high
User :   he fears that his blisters might burst due to sponging
User :   and that might cause secondary infections
Doctor :   no it will not if done gently
User :   okay
Doctor :   and anyways it will burst and crust than heal that is the natural course of the disease
User :   okay.. our doctor also suggested taking a shower in case the fever goes too high.. but again we're afraid that might cause pneumonia in this cold weather
Doctor :   pneumonia is caused by bacterial infection and already he is a susceptible candidate because he is suffering from high fever of chicken pox
Doctor :  
so only need to be observed him carefully for any development of the additional symptoms
Doctor :   and not to panic much

Doctor :   the stress also will bring down the immunity and predispose him to secondary infection
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