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Fever Cough, cold, Flu? is it flu? will it need antibiotics?

Fever Cough, cold, Flu? is it flu? will it need antibiotics? Viral fevers of respiratory system are called flu. Flu is something that comes with nose throat symptoms and fever may be optional. if it gets to chest, there is danger of pneumonias and also serious issues. In typical viral flu, fever may be there for a day or two at beginning and later runny nose or stuffy nose for two days... as nose starts settling cough pics up and may last for a week. Child intake gets reduced adding another danger. Often A dr will add a fever treating medicine in beginning with an antihistaminic combination for few days and as cough starts the medicines may be switched over  to cough syrups; which may be sedatives and if there is more night cough bronchodilator cough syrups may be needed. Antibiotics may become essential if Dr thinks about a bacterial disease or complication. Key to adequate response to therapy is a detailed history, close watch on danger symptoms, Doctor's clinical acumen on pick

tonsil adenoids in children, is it asthma or infection?

What are tonsils and adenoids? They are the protective pillars at the entry point of infection that is throat and nose respectively. Dominant in children below 5 years age as they are weak, By age 10 yr age, most children have very small tonsils and adenoids and practically not serving any purpose. What age children get affected? adults? Usual age is 2 to 7 years. Those kids who have chronic symptoms may have it persistent in adults. How do tonsils and adenoids get infected? As they are the first pass gaurds, any infection entering from food or breath/aerosol can affect them respectively. Is it infection or allergy? Not allergy for sure. tonsils infections are easy to confuse with asthma while adenoid infections are easy to confuse with allergic rhinitis. As symptoms are overlapping to large extent. How does a doctor make out a child having tonsils and adenoids? from their symptom profile. In case of adenoids, the kids have nose block on throat side.. and kids often pres