Read about Fever (Health)
Fever is a temporary increase in body temperature, often due to illness. Having a fever is a sign that something unusual is happening in your body.
For an adult, fever may be uncomfortable, but usually is not a cause for concern unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or more. For babies and toddlers, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection.
The fever usually disappear within a few days. A number of drugs to reduce fever free sale, but sometimes it is best left untreated. Fever seems to play a key role in helping your body fight a variety of infections.
- The symptoms
You have a fever when your temperature rises above its normal range. What it is normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the normal average of 98.6 F (37 C).
Depending on what is the cause of fever, signs and symptoms of fever may further include:
Loss of appetite
High fevers between 103 F (39.4 C) and 106 F (41.1 C) can cause:
When to see a doctor
Fever alone can not be a cause for alarm – or a reason to call a doctor. However, there are some circumstances in which you should seek medical advice for your baby, your child or yourself.
- Take the temperature
To check your or your child’s temperature, you can choose between several types of thermometers, including rectal, oral ear (tympanic) and forehead (temporal artery) thermometers.
Although not the most accurate way to measure temperature, you can use an oral thermometer reading armpit (axillary):
Place the thermometer in the armpit and cross your arms or arms of his son in the chest.
Wait four to five minutes. axillary temperature is slightly lower than oral temperature.
If you call your doctor, report the actual number on the thermometer and place the body where the temperature was taken.
Use a rectal thermometer for babies:
Place a dab of petroleum jelly on the bulb.
Place your baby on his tummy.
Carefully insert the bulb 1/2 to 1 inch into the rectum of your baby.
Keep the bulb and your baby still for three minutes.
Do not leave out the thermometer while inside your baby. If your baby squirms, the thermometer could go deeper and cause injury.
- The Babys
A fever of unknown origin is greater concern in infants and children than in adults. Call your baby’s doctor if your child is:
Under 3 months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 ° F (38 C) or more.
Between the ages of 3 to 6 months and it has a temperature of up to 102 F (38.9 C) and seems unusually irritable, lethargic or uncomfortable or has a temperature above 102 F (38.9 C).
Between the ages of 6 to 24 months and has a temperature above 102 F (38.9 C) that lasts more than a day, but does not show other symptoms. If your child has other signs and symptoms like cold, cough or diarrhea, you may call your child’s doctor before depending on the severity.
A newborn and has a lower than normal temperature – less than 97 F (36.1 C). Very young babies can not regulate body temperature well when they are sick and can become cold rather than hot.
If in doubt, go ahead and call your child’s doctor if you think your baby’s temperature is too high or too low.Advertisement
There is probably no cause for alarm if your child has a fever, but is sensitive – make eye contact with you and respond to your facial expressions and voice – and are taking liquids and playing.
Call your child’s doctor if your child:
It is lethargy or irritability, vomiting several times, has a severe headache or stomach, or have other symptoms that cause significant distress.
He has a fever after being left in a hot car. Seek medical attention immediately.
It has a fever that lasts more than three days (in children over 2 years).
It seems listless and has little eye contact with you.
Ask your child’s doctor for guidance in special circumstances, such as a child with impaired immune systems or preexisting condition. Your child’s doctor may also recommend precautions if your child just started taking a new prescription.
Call your doctor if
Read about Fever
Its temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or more
You’ve had a fever for more than three days
In addition, seek immediate medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever:
unusual skin rashes, especially if the rash worsens rapidly
unusual sensitivity to bright light
neck stiffness and pain when the head is tilted forward
difficulty breathing or chest pain
apathy or extreme irritability
abdominal pain or painful urination
muscle weakness or sensory changes, which could indicate a problem with the nerves, spinal cord or brain function (focal neurologic deficit)
Any other signs or unexplained symptoms
Fever occurs when an area of the brain called the hypothalamus (hi-poe-Thal-uh-Muhs) – also known as “thermostat” of the body – the point that normal body temperature set moves. When esta happens, it feels cold May and add layers of clothing or wrapped in a blanket, or you can agitate to generate more body heat, it proceeds in high body temperature.
Normal body temperature varies throughout the day – which is low in the morning and higher in the afternoon and evening. Consider most people, although 98.6 F (37 C) the normal body temperature can vary from one grade or more – about 97 F (36.1 C) to 99 F (37.2 C) – and still usually considered. Factors such as the menstrual cycle or intense exercise can affect your temperature.
Fever or elevated body temperature can be caused by:Advertisement
A bacterial infection
Certain inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammation of the synovial lining of the joints ()
A malignant tumor
Some medicines, antibiotics and drugs such as is used to treat high blood pressure or seizures
Some vaccines,: such as diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) or pneumococcal vaccine
Sometimes the cause of the fever can not be identified. If you have a temperature of 101 ° F (38.3 C) or higher for more than three weeks and your doctor is not reliable to find the cause after extensive evaluation, the diagnosis may be fever of unknown origin.