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Mystery Illness--Concerned

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 19, 2009
  • 01:55 PM

My 5 year old son has been sick with some form of a virus since April. He started off with strep throat, was treated with antibiotics, seemed to improved and about a week later was sick again with fever. He has has had either low grade fever (99.4 via ear) to high 103.6, ever since. His appetite has decreased and he has been complaining about bad headaches. His eyes were checked in January and he did not need glasses. Our pediatrician suggested blood work last week but this did not show anything unusual except that he is a carrier of the Thalassemia gene, which my husband is also. He has never exhibited these symptoms before and has been completely healthy and on track developmentally. We are very worried and don't know what to do next.

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  • To the member blaze: I will not caution you again about pandering outright nonsense in instances where parents are visiting the forum in search of valid medical information about illness or disease in their children. You have absolutely no conscience and regard for people and relentlessly post this trash on the forum in efforts to have these people visit websites that encourage membership and money donations. If it occurs again, I will stop at nothing to have you permanently removed from the forum. Mark my words, it's going to cease. J Cottle, MD
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  • In some instances, it is not uncommon for reactivation of certain viral infections to commence. The timeframe mentioned of about 6 to 8 weeks would not be uncommon but in instances where fever is present, you simply need to be observant to changes that may take place such as difficulty urinating or blood in the urine, odd movements or behaviors, headaches that are described as post occipital or at the back of the head above the neck and persist with reduced range of motion in the neck, or skin eruptions that occur anywhere on the body. The reason is that the period immediately following streptococcal infection has an increased incidence to be considered a causal factor in certain disorders that sometimes arise. If the labile fever persists more than another two weeks, or certainly if it grows worse, and/or you see evidence that would be consistent with any of the other symptoms mentioned above, then your child should promptly be re-evaluated. In most instances, the fevers gradually subside and appetite returns to normal. It is, however, wise to monitor your child closely for signs of change until some improvement is observed. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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