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A new question is answered every 9 seconds long does a fever associated with a viral infection last

Customer Question long does a fever associated with a viral infection last long before it, low grade fever becomes dangerous like 2-3 weeks
2. wife developed bells palseys with this viral infection, yes she was put on steroids for this but is there anything else that she should be doing./ taking
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  drzachary1 replied 7 years ago.

Hi, my question for you is, what were the symptoms when the infection first began and what symptoms besides fever is she having now?


Dr. Zach

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
1st symptoms.chills, sweat, fever to 103, went dr put on 7 day amoxocillan, 3 days no better put on levaquin 7days, 8th day bp set in, put on she has 99-101 fevers at nite, takes 400 mg motrin to break fever, she gets and is tired no stamina
Expert:  drzachary1 replied 7 years ago.

Any rash on the face or ear?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Expert:  drzachary1 replied 7 years ago.

There is a condition called Ramsy-Hunt syndrome which is Bell's Palsy cause by Zoster virus (shingles virus).


Other considerations include Epstein Barr Virus and Cytomegalovirus (both causes of long-lasting viral syndromes).


To answer your question...if it is a viral infection fever can last up to 2 weeks; often times there is a superimposed bacterial infection that causes the fever to persist.


I am concerned that her fever and Bells Palsy may represent something more. Antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial infection, not viral infections.


I would recommend she have a CBC and a chest xray, to begin. She certainly should see the doctor again or perhaps another one for a fresh opinion.


Dr. Zach

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
she had chest xray...nothing wrong
Expert:  drzachary1 replied 7 years ago.
Glad to hear. Any bloodwork done? Is she otherwise healthy?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes to blood work, was fine and she is other wise healthy.......i'm sorry but you have not been any help, how do i cancel this service
Expert:  drzachary1 replied 7 years ago.
I will opt out at this point. I hope she feels better soon. Take care.