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Old 04-19-2007, 07:02 PM   #1
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virus or infection??

my 16 yr old daughter started feeling bad on sunday. by monday, she had a bad headache and low grade fever. monday nite...temp went to 102. i took her to the dr on tuesday...temp was 103..no other symptoms...just a fever and mild cough, no more headache. they tested for strep...it was fine. sent her for chest x-rays, it was fine.....blood work was done.looked at white blood cells and for mono....not sure what all else....it was fine. so since everything was fine...they are saying that its a virus. well...its 4 days later...still a fever of 103. i called the dr this am and they said that its apparently a virus and will have to just run its course. have any of you ever had a virus that just consisted of a high fever and nothing else for this long or longer? i dont know what to do. im figuring that if i take her back to the dr that they are just gonna take my money and tell me to continue waiting it out....what should i do??? i just have a hard time believing that its a virus thats lasting this long...but then again....its not getting any worse...just not getting any better.

 
Old 04-19-2007, 07:38 PM   #2
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Re: virus or infection??

Ladybug, a fever that is low grade doesn't necessarily mean it's anything serious. It's the body's defense against an bacterial or viral infection in which it produces more white blood cells and causes the body to heat up and the heat helps kill the infection. So, there is a battle going on in her body. Give her tylenol it can help reduce the fever and put a cool towel on her head and If the fever gets worse above 105* then call your doctor and tell him but first see If it goes down. Give it a few more days.

 
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: virus or infection??

well i just noticed now that she has a rash on her face chest and back. wondering measles???? her fever has not been low grade since monday...since monday night its been 103

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Old 04-19-2007, 07:45 PM   #4
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Re: virus or infection??

It could be scarlet fever or the measles like you said. Tell your doctor.

 
Old 04-19-2007, 07:51 PM   #5
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i plan to go to their office 1st thing in the am now. wasnt planning on it til i saw the rash. luckily they have a walk in clinic from 8-9am so wont have to wait to get an appt. thanks!

 
Old 04-19-2007, 07:54 PM   #6
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You're welcome. I hope you find out what's up and good luck. And If they don't listen to you take her to another doctor.

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Old 04-20-2007, 01:43 PM   #7
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Re: virus or infection??

yes you can have a virus that lasts a couple of weeks. the white count will tell the dr if it is a virus or an infection. high white count is bacterial and low white count is viral. so if she had a low white count it is a virus. i agree 103 is not low grade. you can have a low grade fever and it can be something serious or a high grade fever and it can be nothing much. hope you find out what it is. God bless

 
Old 04-20-2007, 05:28 PM   #8
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the dr advised me to take her to the er last night. $150 to hear once again that its a virus...a "no name virus" and a "no name rash". tested for flu, mono, wbc, and other tests to check her potassium levels, etc. also done more x-rays. everything was normal. so guess we are just going to keep waiting it out. just dont like her having this high fever this long...and depending on medications to keep her fever under control....i worry that it might be something that they are missing...something they arent testing for??? but then again, as it was said....wbc is normal...so there isnt any infection present. i dont know! this is the hardest part about being a parent!

 
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