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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: shirley | 2004/11/16

Q.

SWOLLEN RED PAINFUL GUMS WITH FEVER

MY SON (11YEARS OLD) HAS DEVELOPED VERY RED (MAROON) GUMS, HAS A HIGH FEVER WITH CONSTANT HEADACHES IS ON ANTIBIOTICS, BUT IS NOT BETTER. PLEASE CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME ADVICE

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

I cannot tell from this information alone. The gun imfection (gingivitis) that you descibe may be a viral infection, but it is important to remember that bacterial infections in the mouth often require different antibiotics. Please see your doctor again if your child does not improve.

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