Posted by: BMJ | 2010/07/27


Two questions please

Dear Doc

I have two questions please. My 3y old son had some kind of infection this weekend. He had a high fever and a stuffy nose but it all only lasted 24 hours. Today (2 days later) he has ver swollen eyes - mostly under his eyes = bottom lids. No discharge. Eyes are not red - just red swollen lids. Do you have any idea what it could be?

Second question. My 7y old came back from gymnastics yesterday complaining of pain in his groin. He has a hard lump in his groin that is very tender to touch. He definately did not have it before, his testes are still in the sack and he has no problem moving. The lump is still there. If it is a hernia, how soon should he see a dr?


Expert's Reply



It is difficult to be sure about your 3 year old son's diagnosis. There are several possible causes for this condition ranging from an allergic reaction to a sinus infection or kidney disease.If his eyes are still swollen tomorrow and if he has a fever he should be seen by his paediatrician. In fact if he has a high fever tonight he should be seen at an emergency paediatric unit.
Your older son's swelling may have several causes. He may have a swollen and infected lymph node in his groin, he may have torn a muscle in his groin or it may be a hernia which has become strangulated. It is essential for him to be seen by a doctor.

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