Overview of Medium Fever
A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature. It?s a sign of your body's natural fight against infection.
- For adults, a fever is when your temperature is higher than 100.4°F.
- For kids, a fever is when their temperature is higher than 100.4°F (measured rectally); 99.5°F (measured orally); or 99°F (measured under the arm).
The average normal body temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit (or 37° Celsius). When you or your child?s temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it?s a sign that the body is healthy and fighting infection. In most cases, that?s a good thing.
But when a fever rises above 102°F it should be treated at home and, if necessary, by your healthcare provider if the fever doesn?t go down after a few days.
Home Remedies for Medium 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.
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:
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
- flavored jello
- diluted fruit juice
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 Medium Fever :
Fevers usually aren?t something to worry about. But when they?re high enough, they can pose some health risks.
A high fever can be more dangerous for a young child than an adult. Here?s when to call your child?s doctor:
- Children ages 0 to 3 months: Rectal temperature is 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
- Children ages 3 to 6 months: Rectal temperature is above 102°F (39°C) and they?re irritable or sleepy.
- Children ages 6 to 24 months: Rectal temperature is above 102°F (39°C) that lasts for more than a day. If they have other symptoms, such as a rash, cough, or diarrhea, you may want to call sooner.
For children 2 and older, call their doctor if they have a fever that repeatedly rises above 104°F (40°C). Also seek medical advice if your child has a fever and:
- They seem unusually lethargic and irritable or have other severe symptoms.
- The fever lasts longer than three days.
- The fever doesn?t respond to medication.
- They don?t maintain eye contact with you.
- They can?t keep fluids down.
Fevers can also be risky for adults in some cases. See your doctor for a fever that?s 103°F (39°C) or higher that isn?t responding to medication or lasts longer than three days. Also seek treatment if a fever is accompanied by:
- severe headache
- sensitivity to bright light
- stiff neck
- frequent vomiting
- trouble breathing
- chest or abdominal pain
- convulsions or seizures
Treatment for the Medium Fever
Medications such as paracetamol and ibuprofen may help to ease discomfort. Avoid giving children aspirin because this may cause a rare, serious condition.
SEEKING MEDICAL CARE
See a doctor immediately if you have a child:
Younger than three months with a 100.4°F (38°C) or higher fever
Three to six months old with 102°F (38.9°C) or higher fever
Six to 24 months old with a 102°F (38.9°C) or higher fever that lasts more than a day
Two years old or older with fever who is listless, irritable or vomiting repeatedly
Or if you're an adult with a 103°F (39.4°C) or higher fever
What should your temperature be if you have a fever ?
The CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has measured temperature of 100.4°F (38°C).
Why do I feel hot but my temperature is low ?
Low body temperature usually happens from being out in cold weather. But it may also be caused by alcohol or drug use, going into shock, or certain disorders such as diabetes or low thyroid. A low body temperature may occur with an infection.
How do I know I have a fever without a thermometer ?
"The most common way to check if someone has a fever without a thermometer is to feel the forehead or neck with the back of your hand," Lee says. "Check to see if it feels warmer than usual. Do not use the palm, as it is not as sensitive to temperature changes as the back of the hand is.?
How long do fevers last ?
The type of infection causing the fever usually determines how often the fever recurs and how long the fever lasts. Fevers due to viruses can last for as little as two to three days and sometime as long as two weeks. A fever caused by a bacterial infection may continue until the child is treated with an antibiotic.
What does a mild fever feel like ?
The most common symptoms associated with a fever are feeling hot or flushed, chills, body aches, sweating, dehydration, and weakness. If you're experiencing one or more of these symptoms, and you feel warm to the touch, it's likely that you have a fever.