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Warm to touch, shivering, throat pain, dry cough, loss of appetite. Symptoms of flu or viral infection?

My granddaughter has been quite warm to the touch, no fever, she feels cold though. Her throat hurts from coughing, a dry cough and her stomach feels upset, not enough to vomit , and she isn t interested in eating at all. Is this a sign of flu or maybe a viral bug that needs to run it s course? What can I do to give her some relief? She seems to enjoy a hot bath every so often, as if to warm up and then she gets out.
Asked On : Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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Hi Robinet,
Thanks for writing your query.

Your granddaughter seems to be suffering from upper respiratory tract infection.
The causative organism can be viral or bacterial. Clinical examination is necessary for proper management.

You should get following investigations done :-
1. Throat swab culture.
2. Complete Blood Count(CBC).

Treatment can be planned according to the reports of the investigations.
You can give antihistaminic like cetrizine, after discussing with her Paeditrician, for relief from dry cough.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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