Fever in Adults and Children
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An illness is typically to blame for a rise in your body temperature, also known as a fever. A fever can be uncomfortable if you’re an adult or child, but it usually isn’t a cause for concern. On the flip side, a fever may signify a potentially life-threatening illness.
Symptoms will usually subside within a few days of the fever. Many over-the-counter medications are available to lower the fever, but sometimes it’s better to ignore it altogether. Fever plays an essential role in your body’s ability to fight off various infections.
A fever occurs when your body temperature rises above the normal range. Your average temperature maybe a few degrees above or below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 C).
Fever symptoms depend on the underlying cause of the illness and include:
- Dripping with sweat
- Shaking uncontrollably
- Body Aches
- Appetite Loss
- Lack of energy
- Feeling Thirsty
The best time to see a doctor
Fevers on their own may not be a cause for concern or a reason to consult a physician. Nonetheless, there are instances in which you should seek medical advice for your infant, child or yourself.
For Infants. Unexplained fever in infants is a cause for concern more than in adults and children. Consult your child’s physician if they are:
Three months younger: If the temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) – regardless of other symptoms. This is a medical emergency! Call 911 or go to your local emergency department.
Between three and 24 months: If the temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 C) – regardless of other symptoms. Call your pediatrician or go to a walk-in clinic.
For Children: Medical attention should be sought as soon as possible if your child exhibits any of the following symptoms:
- If they are listless or irritable
- If they have a severe headache or stomach ache, or have any other symptoms causing significant discomfort
- After being left in a hot car for an extended period
- If they have a fever that lasts more than three days.
- Appears disinterested and makes little eye contact with you.
- In particular conditions, such as a child with immune deficiency issues or a child who has a pre-existing illness, consult with your child’s pediatrician for guidance.
For Adults: If your temperature rises above 102 degrees Fahrenheit, you should see a doctor. In addition to fever, you should see a doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe headache
- Unusual skin rash, particularly if it worsens rapidly
- Stiff neck and discomfort when bending your head forward
- Any type of confusion
- Uncontrolled vomiting
- Breathing difficulties or chest pain
- Pain in the abdomen or while urinating
- Convulsions or seizures
For Everyone: Anytime you have a fever and don’t feel right, call you primary doctor or local immediate care center.
Fever occurs when the hypothalamus region of your brain — also known as your body’s “thermostat” — raises the set point of your average body temperature. When this occurs, you may feel cold and add sets of clothes or wrap yourself in a blanket or quiver to generate additional body heat, increasing body temperature.
The normal range for body temperature is between 97°F (36.1°C) and 99°F (37.2°C). Even though most people consider 98.6°F (37°C) to be the normal range, your body temperature can fluctuate by a degree or more from that value.
Fever or an elevated body temperature may be caused by one of the following:
- A viral infection
- A bacterial infection
- A fungal infection
- Heat exhaustion
Occasionally, the source of fever cannot be determined.
Before eating, after using the restroom, after being in a crowd or near someone who is ill, after petting animals, and during public transportation travel, wash your hands.
- Shows your children how to wash their hands thoroughly, soap both the front and back of each hand and thoroughly rinse under running water.
- Bring hand sanitizer with you if you cannot access soap and water.
- Prevent touching your face, mouth, or eyes, as these are the primary entry points for viruses and bacteria into your body, resulting in infection.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose, and teach your children to do the same. Whenever possible, when coughing or sneezing, turn away from others to avoid spreading germs.
- Try and prevent sharing cups, water bottles, and utensils with your kids and the rest of the family