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High Fever

Overview of High Fever

A fever is a high body temperature. A temperature of up to 38.9°C (102°F) can be helpful because it helps the body fight infection. Most healthy children and adults can tolerate a fever as high as 39.4°C (103°F) to 40°C (104°F) for short periods of time without problems. Children tend to have higher fevers than adults.

Home Remedies for High Fever :

Home remedies for adults

There are several things an adult can do to feel more comfortable when they have a fever. These include:

Drinking lots of fluids

During a fever, the body needs to use more water to compensate for its elevated temperature. This can lead to dehydration.

Drinking water or an electrolyte replacement drink can help rehydrate the body.

Resting

Fighting an infection takes a lot of energy. People should rest as much as possible to help the body recover.

Taking a tepid bath

Many people consider taking a cold bath when they have a fever. However, doing so can cause shivering, which will increase body temperature even more.

Instead, people can take a lukewarm or tepid bath to help the body cool off. A bath can also help soothe tired muscles.

Using over-the-counter medications

Medications are not usually necessary to treat a fever. However, some over-the-counter (OTC) medications can help reduce a fever and make a person feel more comfortable. These medications include:

Dressing lightly

Having a fever can cause a person to feel hot one minute and cold the next. Wearing too many layers can trap heat against the body, raising body temperature further.

People should wear few layers and add more if they start to feel cold.

Home remedies for children and infants

The treatments for fever in children are very similar to those for adults. However, there are a few subtle differences.

For example, to treat a fever, children and infants should try:

Drinking plenty of fluids

Like adults, children with a fever also need plenty of fluids. However, it can be difficult to get young children to drink extra water.

Some more appealing alternatives include:

  • warm chicken broth
  • popsicles
  • flavored jello
  • diluted fruit juice

Resting

Children may feel better after taking OTC medications. As a result, they may feel more energetic and playful.

However, it is important to ensure that children rest until the fever or illness has passed.

If a child cannot sleep or relax, parents and caregivers can try reading them a story or playing them some gentle music.

Taking warm baths

Children are unlikely to appreciate bathing when they are sick. An alternative option is to place a warm washcloth on the child?s forehead to help soothe the fever.

People should never apply rubbing alcohol to a child?s skin in an attempt to soothe a fever. Alcohol can be dangerous when absorbed into the skin.

Taking OTC medications

As with adults, medication is not usually necessary for a child with fever. However, taking OTC medications can help reduce a fever and make a child feel more comfortable.

One drug that is suitable for children of most ages is acetaminophen. It is available under the brand name Tylenol.

Tylenol?s manufacturers state that it is suitable for use even in very young infants. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not supply dosage instructions for acetaminophen in children under 2 years of age.

When to see doctor for High Fever :

Fevers by themselves may not be a cause for alarm ? or a reason to call a doctor. Yet there are some circumstances when you should seek medical advice for your baby, your child or yourself.

Infants

An unexplained fever is greater cause for concern in infants and in children than in adults. Call your baby's doctor if your child is:

  • Younger than age 3 months and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher.
  • Between ages 3 and 6 months and has a rectal temperature up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable or has a temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C).
  • Between ages 6 and 24 months and has a rectal temperature higher than 102 F (38.9 C) that lasts longer than one day but shows no other symptoms. If your child also has other signs and symptoms, such as a cold, cough or diarrhea, you might call your child's doctor sooner based on severity.

Children

There's probably no cause for alarm if your child has a fever but is responsive ? making eye contact with you and responding to your facial expressions and to your voice ? and is drinking fluids and playing.

Call your child's doctor if your child:

  • Is listless or irritable, vomits repeatedly, has a severe headache or stomachache, or has any other symptoms causing significant discomfort.
  • Has a fever after being left in a hot car. Seek medical care immediately.
  • Has a fever that lasts longer than three days.
  • Appears listless and has poor eye contact with you.

Ask your child's doctor for guidance in special circumstances, such as a child with immune system problems or with a pre-existing illness.

Adults

Call your doctor if your temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever:

  • Severe headache
  • Unusual skin rash, especially if the rash rapidly worsens
  • Unusual sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiff neck and pain when you bend your head forward
  • Mental confusion
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Abdominal pain or pain when urinating
  • Convulsions or seizures

Treatment for the High Fever

A fever is not normally harmful on its own. Most fevers go away within a few hours to days as your body defeats an infection.

Help yourself feel better with these at-home flu remedies:

  • stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as:
    • water
    • juice
    • soup
    • broth
  • eat light foods that are easy on the stomach
  • rest
  • use a cool compress, like a damp towel
  • take a warm sponge bath
  • dress in light, comfortable clothing
  • turn down the temperature in your room

Over-the-counter medications can help ease your fever and symptoms, like headaches and muscle pain:

  • ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)

You may need treatment from your doctor for more serious causes of a fever. The treatment depends on the cause. Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat serious infections:

FAQ

What will doctor do for high fever ?

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), are options. Your doctor will treat any underlying infection if necessary. If you have a high fever, avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of liquids. ... Get rest and eat so your body can fight the infection.

What temp should you go to hospital ?

Call your doctor if your temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. Seek immediate medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever: Severe headache. Unusual skin rash, especially if the rash rapidly worsens.

Do Blankets Increase fever ?

Do not put extra blankets or clothes on. This may cause your fever to rise even higher. Dress in light, comfortable clothing. Use a lightweight blanket or sheet when you sleep.

Is VapoRub good for fever ?

Using Vicks VapoRub on your feet or other areas of your body has a cooling effect. This is mainly because of the camphor and menthol. The cooling sensation of the vapor rub may be pleasing and temporarily help you feel better. But it doesn't actually reduce body temperature or fevers.

Does exercise make a fever worse ?

Working out while you're feverish increases the risk of dehydration and can make a fever worse. Additionally, having a fever decreases muscle strength and endurance and impairs precision and coordination, increasing the risk of injury ( 14 ). For these reasons, it's best to skip the gym when you have a fever.

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