My 3 year old son has had a swollen throat for a while now. It's not his tonsils it is on the sides of his throat. They look really swollen and red. He does not complain of a sore throat or anything and he eats fine. His last checkup was at the end of July. Everything was normal. I had forgotten to mention his swollen throat when we were there so I called his Dr later and he told me that it was probably just allergies and to start him on a daily dose of Claritin. We did this for a few weeks but I didn't see any changes. He did have tubes put in both ears when he was one and as far as I know they are still in there. He hasn't had any ear infections for a while (maybe 4-5 months ago). I know you can't diagnose anything over the internet, but what are the possible reasons for his throat to look like this?Is it normal for a 3 year old? If it isn't bothering him should I even wory about it? Is it worth paying for an expensive dr's appt? Thanks in advance!View Thread
Thank you Dr Moser. I guess I thought your tonsils were the little ball thing hanging at the back of your throat. Obviously, I was wrong. Lol. So, I guess it is his tonsils. The reason I say they look red and swollen is because they are so big they look like they almost cover up all of his throat. It's been like this for months and he hasn't ever complained about it, so I guess maybe it is normal? My youngest son has an appointment coming up in a couple of weeks and I think I will bring my oldest along then. Thank you for your help and quick response!View Thread
Yesterday I went to get a flu shot. There was a table set up at the Walmart where I work. I asked the nurse if I was able to get the whooping cough vaccination as well since I have two children under 3 and she said that it was covered under my insurance. She actually showed me a list of all the vaccines I could get under my insurance and recommended that I also get the pneumonia one as well. I got the flu shot and pneumonia in the same arm and the tetanus/whooping cough one in my other arm. She told me that the tetanus one would leave my arm sore so I should try and move it around a lot. I did as much as I could at work to move both arms (I did a lot of stocking which I don't normally do).
Anyway, later that night I started to feel real achy (kind of like the beginnings of the flu) and the arm where I got the 2 vaccines hurt so bad I couldn't move it. I took a warm shower and some sinus meds and tried to go to sleep. I still couldn't move my arm because it hurt so bad. Then I woke up with the chills several times. Needless to say, I didn't sleep very well. Today, I still feel achy and can barely move my arm.
I am a healthy 27 year old female who has had the flu shot for the last few years problem free. I had a tetanus shot in high school without any side effects. The only one I hadn't had before was the pneumonia one. Could this be what is causing me so much pain in my arm? After researching the pneumonia vaccine on Webmd I don't think I should have gotten it at all, but the nurse talked me into it because it was free. Is it normal for it to hurt so bad? Is it normal for me to be achy and have the chills with the vaccines? Or is that part just coincidence? Also, how long til my arm stops hurting? Please help!View Thread
Thanks so much for your reply Dr Moser! I only had the chills that first day and part of the second day. My arm hurt really bad for about 4 days and it is finally getting better. It's still really sore, but at least I can move it like normal now.
There's a different nurse here every day, so it's not likely that I will see the same one again to ask her why. I definitely wont make the mistake of getting another pneumovax!View Thread