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Fever, cough, sore throat, leg pain, phlegm formation. Is it viral infection?

Hello, my little boy has had a fever off and on since Friday, has a severe sore throat and can t stop coughing. He has also complained about leg pains off and on and has thrown up phlegm on a few occasions. I m presuming it is a virus as there are a lot of illnesses amongst his school friends at the moment! He also seems like he has flu like symptoms although he seemed a little brighter today. Thank you in advance :)
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your son's symptoms, it appears that he is having a respiratory infection. Now, though it is true that most respiratory infections are caused due to viruses, sometimes they can be due to certain bacterial infections also. You have mentioned that your son is having leg pains, which is indeed common in viral fevers. But if he is having any joint pains or swelling, then you need to be cautioned. Sometimes, fever and sore throat asscociated with joint pains could be indicative of an acute rheumatic fever. Don't get scared by this, since this information is just to keep you aware and cautious.

If your son's symptoms are resolving, then you can continue symptomatic management. But if his fever is persisiting for more than 5 days or if his symptoms are worsening or if he develops any other complications, then you need to seek further medical attention.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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hello tabstar,

yes symptoms looks like of viral.
you can use ibupfren plus paracetamol combination thrice daily
and antibiotics cefixime twice daily for 3- 5 days use bronchodialator cough syrup.
you did not mention your son age otherwise dose of medicine i can provide you.
Answered: Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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