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First, let me say that yours is the best history I've seen a parent provide on this website that relates all the pertinent information I need to know!
Now, concerning your daughter. While the flu is certainly possible, it is very uncommon this time of year so unless her friend had a flu test performed (nasal swab) I doubt it was truly influenza. Do you know if she had a flu test?
My concern, even if the flu, is that she still is having fever beyond the normal 3-4 days. Children her age are not always very perceptive of what is actually bothering them, such as a sore throat. Is she still having any other symptoms other than fever: headache, nausea, stomach ache, etc?
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Dr. Clark, I was told that her friend had the flu but I am not sure if they performed a nasal swab. My daughter has had a sore throat and a dry cough with this illness and this morning she woke up saying her belly hurt. At that point, I was considering strep throat could be a possibility.
Strep is definitely a possibility so I'd take her in to see her doctor or an urgent care clinic soon.
Flu is very unlikely and often misdiagnosed when a test is not done. We just don't see flu this time of year.
Does anything else stand out based on her symptoms? I give her Tylenol and Advil all day long and Delsym at night for her cough to help her sleep well. I do not wake her in the middle of the night to give her any fever reducer and she wakes up with a fever in the morning (100.5)
They can do a quick strep test in 5 minutes and then have a better idea what is going on.
Okay, I will take her to the urgent care center right now.
Thank you so much!
Her temp of 100.5 is the bottom range of what we call fever so not worrisome. The other option would be mycoplasma with her persistent low fever and cough but they don't usually have the higher fever early on like she did.
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My daughter tested positive for strep throat. Urgent care doc prescribed Zithromax. Thank you again for your help today. So glad I contacted you!