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On Wednesday of last week (4 days ago) I began to feel ill,

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On Wednesday of last week (4 days ago) I began to feel ill, exhaustion. I'm 58 years old, male, NYer. As of Thursday I've had a fever of 101-102.5 consistently. The only other symptoms were a headache which dissipated yesterday. Yesterday I visited urgent care. The MD felt it was a virus but gave me zpac nevertheless. I started it yesterday and am into day two. My temp remains 100.0-101.7. Is it unusual that a virus would cause this length of duration of a fever. If it is a virus is there anything else I can do. Would you recommend I go outside? I'm a trainer and have a busy month. I usually have temps leave after a few days so I'm getting a bit nervous. At what point would I need to explore other conditions for the fever. How long is a reasonable time before seeing positive results. Thank you!
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 7 months ago.

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no, it is not unusual at all that virus could cause this long of fevers

influenza or flu viral infections can do this

there are blood test to look for influenza virus infections

your urgent care doctor could have done blood test to check for flu infection

if you had flu, then you could get Tamiflu treatment to help shorten the length of your flu viral infection.

you can use tylenol regularly to help bring down your temp

don't use more than 3000-4000mg of tylenol in a 24hour period.

I would see a doctor and get blood test to check for influenza

tamiflu is best when started early in the course of the infection.

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