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What Causes Continuous Fever With Cough And Runny Nose In Children?

My 8 ys and 4 ms daughter has been suffering from recurrent fever up to 103 for 5 months (6 times). Blood and urine tests and cultures have shown everything normal. So is the chest X-ray report. The doctor said all that spells were viral. With every fever, she got cough, sneezing, runny nose etc. One doctor said, her tonsils, specially the left (it is bigger) have to be removed, but the other denied. What should I do? YYYY@YYYY
Tue, 25 Apr 2017
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Hi...by what you say I feel that your child is having recurrent viral illness only. It is very common in this age. I will explain you how a viral illness behaves so that you can be more comfortable.

Fever of few days without any localizing signs could as well a viral illness. Usually rather than fever, what is more important is the activity of the child, in between 2 fever episodes on the same day. If the kid is active and playing around when there is no fever, it is probably viral illness and it doesn't require antibiotics at all. Once viral fever comes it will there for 4-7 days. So do not worry about duration if the kid is active.

Regarding tonsils, unless it is causing Obstructive sleep symptoms it need not be removed.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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What Causes Continuous Fever With Cough And Runny Nose In Children?

Hi...by what you say I feel that your child is having recurrent viral illness only. It is very common in this age. I will explain you how a viral illness behaves so that you can be more comfortable. Fever of few days without any localizing signs could as well a viral illness. Usually rather than fever, what is more important is the activity of the child, in between 2 fever episodes on the same day. If the kid is active and playing around when there is no fever, it is probably viral illness and it doesn t require antibiotics at all. Once viral fever comes it will there for 4-7 days. So do not worry about duration if the kid is active. Regarding tonsils, unless it is causing Obstructive sleep symptoms it need not be removed. Regards - Dr. Sumanth