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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Yvonne | 2004/02/04

Q.

10 Year Old has a viral infection - Chest

Dear Doc,
My 10 Year Old Daughter has a Viral Infection, in the past two weeks she has been on Omoxil Antibiotic and Klacid Antibiotic. The Doctor sent her for x-rays and blood tests - the x-rays reveal bronchitis and the blood tests reveal - Viral Infection, I am concerned that she has not got better, she is going for physio at the moment and the medication she is on is Bronchopead and Virbrosil nasal drops. Is it dangerous to have a viral infection ? Any advise would be appreciated.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Viral infections are common and usually not dangerous. They do not respond to anti-biotic treatment and usually only time will heal. It is important to monitor for complications, but a prolonged cough after a severe bout of viral bronchitis is not uncommon and as long as it starts to improve slowly within the first two weeks, no treatment is indicated.

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