A fever is a condition that refers to your body temperature being higher than normal. Also known as Pyrexia, a fever is your body’s main defense against infection, as most bacteria and viruses find it difficult to survive at temperatures higher than your body’s normal temperature. Fevers also serve to activate your body’s immune system. Most fevers are caused by infections; however, other causes include heat exhaustion, cancers, autoimmune disorders, and certain medicines.
It is important to remember that a fever is usually a symptom of an infection; therefore, you should monitor your symptoms very carefully.
Treatment of your fever will depend on the cause of your fever. Usually, over the counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, will lower a very high fever. Adults can also take aspirin, although aspirin should not be given to children with fevers. You should also be sure to drink enough liquids to prevent dehydration.
Fever in children requires different treatment than in adults; contact your child’s physician for more information.
If you have any symptoms of infection that have lasted more than a few days, see your doctor right away.
If your child has anything more than a low-grade fever (that can be treated with cold medicine), seek medical attention immediately, as the fever may be a symptom of a serious infection.
Treatment for fevers is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.
For more information on fever, see the following websites:
FamilyDoctor.org Chart to Determine Your Type of Fever
Medline Plus (NIH) Fever Page
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