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Fever, chest pain, cough, on Parcetamol. History of asthma, smoker. What is the illness ?

Hi, A friend of mine is 22 years old, male and he has fever for 2 days (38-39 C) now with chest pain on his right side , mild coughing but no phlegm , with history of asthma and his a smoker for some years now. Regarding his work I m not so sure but as I ve known he work in the sea. Medication taken only paracetamol . I m so worried about my friend.May I know what kind of illness does my friend have?
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
fever, chest pain and cough are actually infective of an infectious origin. This could be viral or bacterial. But the association of a high fever and chest pain and fever are more suggestive of a bacterial infection. The history of asthma deserves a good consideration to know if he has been taking his drugs too normally or not.
Evaluation of this case shall definite need a chest X ray. His Bronchodialator spray is important for a start, and advice from the pulmonologist should be sought.
Thanks and best regards,
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Sun, 10 Mar 2013
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