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Have fever, achy muscles, cough and ringing noise in ear. Anything to worry?

My son who is 21 just called me to say that for the last few days he has been running a fever between 100-102. He has achy muscles, cough , running noise. The last two hours he has developed a loud ringing noise in his right ear that is driving him crazy. Urgent care is closed and I am not sure if he should be seen by ER or if we can wait to morning.
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Based on the symptoms that you have described it is likely that he has either the cold or flu virus. The flu virus tends to present with more severe pain in the muscles and joints as well as more intense fatigue and general malaise.

These viruses can affect any aspect of the respiratory tract and commonly the ears as well. The ringing in his ears may mean that he has an ear infection , these can sometimes resolve on their own.In other cases anti biotics for the ear infection may be needed.

He can consider symptomatic treatment which would include using (1) cold or cool liquids ,tepid sponge with tepid water, light clothing (2)paracetamol to help with the joint and muscle pain and fever (3) a cough syrup with a mixture of cough suppressant and decongestant to help with the cough and nasal symptoms
He needs to get as much rest as he can.

He can likely wait till morning. If he feels considerably worse during the evening then he can go to the ER.

I hope this helps
Answered: Wed, 29 May 2013
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