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Really worried... - February 1st 2009, 10:28 AM

Okay so I'm extremely worried about my brother. He has always been a slightly sickly child, because he has asthema and arthritis, but lately he's been getting really ill for reasons I don't know why. He's only just turned 15. He has been complaining of flu like symptoms such as a headache, nausea, loss of appetite, runny nose, fever, etc. He has been just laying around all weekend, this started friday morning. He says it is just getting worse. He also suffered two nose bleeds on thursday... I don't know if it's connected. But I'm really worried about him. He has gotten a flu shot (it's required because of his asthema) so I'm almost positive it's not influenza. But just the fact that it seems to be progressively growing worse. I've told my parents to take him to a doctor, but they won't seem to listen. Any idea of what could be wrong with him? I'm scared.

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Re: Really worried... - February 1st 2009, 11:39 AM

He NEEDS to see a doctor if this is as bad as you say it is. It could be a bad sinus infection, as nosebleeds and flu like symptoms are often signs of sinus infections - however if it carries on i wouldn't take any chances. What country do you live in? If you live in the UK - i'm pretty sure you can take him to the doctor without parental consent; however i'm not sure what it's like in other places.

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Re: Really worried... - February 1st 2009, 12:01 PM

I don't know about the rest but I had recurring nosebleeds and it's something that seriously needs to be checked out. Any illness that repeats itself needs to be checked out anyway, no matter how small. Is your brother asking your parents himself? After a few days they're going to have to listen.
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Re: Really worried... - February 1st 2009, 01:07 PM

It still may be the flu, despite him getting the shot, however if it's getting progressively worse it needs medical attention as soon as possible. There are too many illnesses that start off looking like the flu that can infect young children and teens now that it's best to get it checked fairly soon. If you're sixteen you should be able to bring him without parental consent, but I'm not sure if that's like that everywhere, if you really want to get him help and your parents won't agree contact a local walk-in clinic or your doctors and ask them if you can bring him without a parent.

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