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How long will pharyngitis last for an 8 year old? My daughter was diagnosed with it on Tuesday and it seems to be getting worse, with fever going up, back of her head hurting really bad, and she is really stopped up and can't breathe.

By Anonymous June 10, 2010 - 1:06pm
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I am suffering from acute Pharyngits for 6 month ago. I have been treated from 2 ENT specialists but I am not feeling better righ now. What I do.. ?

September 30, 2011 - 7:18am

Hi, Concerned Mom,

It's Monday morning, and I'm just checking in -- how is your daughter? I hope she was able to improve over the weekend? Is she doing better now?

June 14, 2010 - 8:33am
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Concerned mom - It's good to hear that you contacted the doctor's office and got this specific information. I would also recommend that you be sure your family knows the location of and have directions for the nearest emergency care center that's on your health plan so that getting there will be easy should you need to go. Ideally it would be a pediatric one or offer pediatric care in addition to adult care.

Hopefully your daughter will get better over the weekend, but it's alway good to be prepared. Pat

June 11, 2010 - 5:23pm
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Anon - Sore throat, also called pharyngitis, is the inflammation of the pharynx (throat). If your daughter is still getting worse and her fever is still going up, you need to call your doctor's office right away and ask for their advice.

Most sore throats are resolved in a short time, but they can sometimes result in more serious conditions. Signs that you need to contact your child's pediatrician include the following:

* Excessive drooling in a young child
* Fever, especially 101°F or greater
* Pus in the back of the throat
* Red rash that feels rough, and increased redness in the skin folds
* Severe difficulty swallowing or breathing
* Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck

We wish the best for you and your daughter.

June 10, 2010 - 6:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

I have called the doctor's office every day since Tuesday and I called again this morning Friday, and the nurse, and the doctor are saying that that it just has to run it's course because it could be viral. I am trying to make her drink which is hard. Is it true that this could last anywhere from 7-14 days?

Concerned Mother

June 11, 2010 - 9:32am
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I'm so sorry that your daughter is in such discomfort, and that it is so worrisome.

How high is your daughter's fever? Did your doctor's office give you an idea of how high it could go before they would want to see her again?

I am concerned that she is having difficulty breathing. Did you tell your doctor this also?

Does she have a rash anywhere?

I know it's hard to get someone to take in liquids when their throat hurts so badly. Do popsicles help?

Yes, viruses are the most common cause of pharyngitis. A virus CAN take 10-14 days to clear -- think about a flu or a common cold -- but it's not necessarily going to take that long.

I understand your concern. And you're doing exactly right to worry about the escalation of symptoms and whether your daughter needs to be seen again. As we go into the weekend, do you have clear instructions from your daughter's doctor on what to watch for and when you might need to take her to the ER or an urgent care facility?

June 11, 2010 - 9:46am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

No the doctor didn't say if the fever gets this high to bring her in or to be concerned. They are telling me that it takes time for the antiobiotic to work, and to alternate tylenol/motrin. I know that if it is viral that antiobiotic won't work. I don't think that she has a rash anywhere. We are having her to go into the bathroom and turn on the hot faucet really hot and to cover her head near the sink and breathe in the steam. This seems to help some to loosen up the blocked drainage. I just pray and hope that she starts to feel better soon. It has been a long week with this and very short nights because she ain't sleeping good at night.

Concerened Mother

June 11, 2010 - 9:56am
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OK, then before the weekend comes when your doctor is out of pocket, make one more call and ask (a) how high can the fever get before I should take her to the ER, and (b) how worried I should be about her breathing difficulties, and when will I know if she needs to go to the ER for that? Don't woirry that they'll think you're calling too often -- they realize that you're just a concerned mom trying to do the best for a sick and uncomfortable child. When it comes to your daughter, your instincts are better than anyone else's.

June 11, 2010 - 10:24am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

I called and they said to make sure she drinks alot, and her fever doesn't get over 105.0, and then she will start to have seizures. If so then that is when they are really concerned. I told them that I will get with them on Monday to let them know how she is doing.

Concerened Mother

June 11, 2010 - 2:49pm
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