High Fever and Hair Loss / Asymmetrical Tonsils

I had anticipated a relaxed and enjoyable summer, but it has been anything but that. In fact, I’ve added a few more gray hairs to my growing collection. Our summer started off with a trip to my pediatrician’s office with my oldest daughter who had come down with Fifth’s disease, a nasty rash that she probably picked up on a recent trip to NYC. While there, I told my doctor that my daughter’s hair had been falling out (and I’m talking about a lot of hair!) for quite some time, and I didn’t know what was causing it. He then asked me whether she had been ill with high fever. Yes, in fact, she had been. She was sick with a relatively high fever (102 – 103 degree range) for seven days back in April. My pediatrician then insisted that I get her to a pediatric dermatologist as soon as possible since it was likely that all of her hair was going to fall out, and it was questionable as to whether it would grow back. He said she would need to have a hair follicle biopsy. I had never heard of such a thing, and I couldn’t believe it was as drastic as he was predicting. As soon as I got home, I started calling pediatric dermatologists. We finally got her into see one in St. Louis, and he took one look at her and told me that we had nothing to worry about. He said it was quite normal to experience hair loss anytime the body has been under stress, like fighting an illness or having an operation, for example. The hair loss could last up to six months, but he reassured me that she wasn’t going to go bald. What a relief.

Nearly two weeks later, I took my three-year-old in to see the doctor (not the same one that I had seen with my oldest) because I was concerned that she might have strep. Turns out she didn’t, but the doc told me that I needed to get her in to see an ear, nose and throat doctor. She was concerned that her tonsils were enlarged and asymmetrical. She said it could be nothing, or it could be something more serious. I couldn’t leave well enough alone, so when I got home I did some research on asymmetrical tonsils. Turns out asymmetrical tonsils can be a sign of lymphoma. I got her in to see the ENT doc who said she didn’t think they looked problematic at this point. I’ll have to have her checked again in several months.

Meanwhile, we’ve sold our house, and we have until August 1st to move out. That leaves me about a week to find a new one. Needless to say, we’ve got a lot on our plate right now, so I’m putting my blog on hold until we can get moved and re-settled. Please feel free to send me your thoughts and notes on topics that you’re interested in, and I’ll start writing again this fall.

In the meantime, have a safe and healthy summer.

Take Care –
June 27, 200

Posted by Amy Wicker on June 29, 2008.

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