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Running high fever with virus--come and go?

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About every other week from March 2, my teen has run a high fever with viral symptoms.

March 2 he had some mild cold symptoms. March 3, he had a 103 fever. At first I thought flu due to the fever and muscle aches/fatigue he was having, but the onset was more like a cold in that it was kind of gradual until the fever hit, and it ended pretty quickly. Also, he gave it to all the rest of us. No one else ran a fever, and it seemed like a mild cold for everyone else.

He was well for a week.

Then he spiked another high fever (103.5), but this time with a terrible cough. Fever lasted a day or two. Just when I thought I might take him in, he was fine. 

He's been feeling good for about a week, give or take. No coughing or other symptoms at all. 

Yesterday evening he complained of nasal congestion and a headache. Today we're back to 103.5. It's mostly that his nose and ears are stopped up today.

Seems weird? Is it concerning?

Generally when a fever goes away and comes back I think secondary infection. But his other symptoms haven't stayed consistent. He's seemed completely well in between. I am reluctant to take him in because we have an awful lot of flu in our area right now, among other things. 

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Can you phone your medical provider?

Could he have pneumonia?  

Could he have something else like a tick borne illness? 

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The fevers would be concerning to me for sure. But it could just be that his illnesses are leaving him with reduced immunity.  That's why we have Drs. We don't have to figure this stuff out for ourselves. 😉😁Take him in and see what they say. 

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Take him in for a checkup.  Have them do bloodwork.  There are some types of headaches that can trigger high fevers, and a few other rare issues that could be a factor.

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This could be a result of a 'weakened immune system'?  It would be well worth identifying if this is his problem, which can be done with a blood test.

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Sound like a sinus infection to my mom brain.   I'd take him in; there are more causes of whatever infection is causing the fever and its been too long to ignore.

In my area when flu gets high,the practice moves all of the patients to one office solely dedicated to flu  and hands out facemasks to the people that accompany them.  Ask the person at the reception if you need one.

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