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  • Posted By: caspie2003
  • November 22, 2010
  • 04:20 AM

My child has had no former severe medical conditions but recently what we thought was a stomach virus has turned now into a constant fever. Been to the doctors at least 4 times in a week and have ruled out urinary infection and strep throat. Awaiting test for salmonella now but getting nervous this could be a serious matter. She has had a constant fever in the 101 to 102 range for at least 6 days. She complains she is hot and cannot breath when she wakes up. She is now on penicillian and taking Tylenol. What could this be? We really want to detect if there is a problem very early.

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  • My child has had no former severe medical conditions but recently what we thought was a stomach virus has turned now into a constant fever. Been to the doctors at least 4 times in a week and have ruled out urinary infection and strep throat. Awaiting test for salmonella now but getting nervous this could be a serious matter. She has had a constant fever in the 101 to 102 range for at least 6 days. She complains she is hot and cannot breath when she wakes up. She is now on penicillian and taking Tylenol. What could this be? We really want to detect if there is a problem very early.The high temperature your daughter is experiencing is a part of the natural immune response to a bacterial or viral infection. It is regulated by the hypothalamus and can be considered the thermostat of the body. In an attempt to destroy the bacteria or virus, the body temperature is raised to essentially heat-kill the bacteria. So, your daughter's immune system is certainly working properly.The breathing is a concern. When you say she can't breathe in the morning, is she wheezing? Congested? Has she been coughing? Determine what the breathing feels like and that will help to narrow the diagnosis. Have you noticed if she has rashes, diarrhea, dry mouth or sharp stomach pain?The symptoms sound a lot like a bacterial infection. Monitor the fever, keep her hydrated, and stay in close communication with her physician. Sounds like a salmonella infection but could be a yersiniosis or a campylobacteriosis infection. Prescription antibiotics will likely resolve the infection, the penicillin probably isn't doing much at this point.
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    • November 22, 2010
    • 07:23 AM
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