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Dr. Abby, Board Certified MD
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My 26 year old son has a temp. of 102.5, aches and pains,

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My 26 year old son has a temp. of 102.5, aches and pains, and a cough. Should he rush to the E.R. or hang in there until tomorrow, and the symtoms are the same, call his doc? He is otherwise in great physical condition and health. Thanks...A concerned mom!
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.

When did his symptoms start?
Is he feeling short of breath?
Any headache? Rash? Neck stiffness?

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
This morning when he woke up..No rash, shortness of breath, some neck stiffness.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information,

Most likely he has the flu.
If he is having neck stiffness and headache though, he needs to go to the emergency room.
If he is moving his neck, no headache and no light sensitivity, he does not need to go to the emergency room and can wait to speak with his doctor in the morning.
Treatment for the flu, since he is healthy with no underlying medical conditions is fluids, ibuprofen or tylenol for fever and aches and pains and over the counter cough/cold preparations.

But again, if he has neck stiffness and headache, he needs to go to the emergency room with the concern of meningitis.

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