Treating High Fevers

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Overview

  • Fever is higher-than-normal body temperature (Normal temparature-370C or 98.60F)
  • Indicates an abnormal process in the body
  • Fever is a symptom and not disease
  • Also called ‘pyrexia’
  • Low fever:98.80F to 100.80F
  • Mild to moderate:1010F to 1030F
  • High fever:1040F and above
Fever is a symptom and not disease. Also called 'pyrexia'
Fever is a symptom and not disease. Also called ‘pyrexia’

Causes

  • Hot weather
  • Childhood immunization
  • Bacterial/viral infection
  • Spending much time in the sun
  • Allergy to medication / food

Symptoms

  • Hot flushed face
  • Lack of interest in food
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Head and body ache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

High fever may be associated with –

  • Delirium
  • Convulsion

Treatment

  • Monitor temperature using a thermometer
  • Remove the excess clothing
  • Keep the person in a cool place
  • Give a sponge bath in luke warm water
  • Give plenty of fluids
  • Give prescribed doses of acetaminophen /paracetamol
  • Do not give aspirin to a person with fever
  • Do not wrap the person in blankets / warm clothing

Consult a Doctor in case of –

  • Irregular breathing
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Rashes
  • Persistent, sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Painful urination
  • Convulsions

 Related Video On Fevers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K85LoYZ83w

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