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How can runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever be treated?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Question: Have a 3 year old grandson with clear runny nose and hoarse voice and the croup cough. 99.8 fever.
I have a cool mist humidifier running in his room and have elevated his upper body.
Is there anything else I can do?
Thank you
A worried great grandma
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possibly due to viral cause.Irrespective of treatment it may last for 7days

Detailed Answer:

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Most often such symptoms are due an allergic component. Treatment is supportive and usually comprises of antiallergic medication and mucolytic. The blocked nose is also due to the same cause. Giving Montair LC Kid (Monteleukast + Levocetirizine, prescription medicine) should help. Cetirizine is an over the counter alternative that can also be given instead. Some children are more prone to catching cold and recurrent episodes are seen. If your child is otherwise active and playful, I would not be concerned. If not, it would be a good idea to visit a doctor and to get the child evaluated.

Continue the humidifier. Use tepid sponging if body temperature is raised. Also give Paracetamol or Acetaminophen when needed.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr. Diptanshu Das, Pediatrician
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How can runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever be treated?

Brief Answer: Possibly due to viral cause.Irrespective of treatment it may last for 7days Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Most often such symptoms are due an allergic component. Treatment is supportive and usually comprises of antiallergic medication and mucolytic. The blocked nose is also due to the same cause. Giving Montair LC Kid (Monteleukast + Levocetirizine, prescription medicine) should help. Cetirizine is an over the counter alternative that can also be given instead. Some children are more prone to catching cold and recurrent episodes are seen. If your child is otherwise active and playful, I would not be concerned. If not, it would be a good idea to visit a doctor and to get the child evaluated. Continue the humidifier. Use tepid sponging if body temperature is raised. Also give Paracetamol or Acetaminophen when needed. Hope I have answered your query. Take care Dr. Diptanshu Das, Pediatrician