A fever is an increase in the body’s temperature. It is usually defined as a temperature of 100°F (38°C) or higher. Brief mild or moderate fevers generally have no long-term effects, and they often do not require treatment. Moderate or high fevers may make you feel uncomfortable and can sometimes be a sign of a serious illness or disease. The sweating that may occur with repeated or prolonged fever may also cause dehydration.
Fever is confirmed by taking a temperature with a thermometer. A measured temperature can vary with:
- Time of day.
- Location of the thermometer:
- Mouth (oral).
- Rectum (rectal).
- Ear (tympanic).
- Underarm (axillary).
- Forehead (temporal).
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms. Take these actions to help with your condition:
- Take over-the counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider. Follow the dosing instructions carefully.
- If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take it as told by your health care provider. Do not stop taking the antibiotic even if you start to feel better.
- Rest as needed.
- Drink enough fluid to keep your urine clear or pale yellow. This helps to prevent dehydration.
- Sponge yourself or bathe with room-temperature water to help reduce your body temperature as needed. Do not use ice water.
- Do not overbundle yourself in blankets or heavy clothes.
SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:
- You vomit.
- You cannot eat or drink without vomiting.
- You have diarrhea.
- You have pain when you urinate.
- Your symptoms do not improve with treatment.
- You develop new symptoms.
- You develop excessive weakness.
SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:
- You have shortness of breath or have trouble breathing.
- You are dizzy or you faint.
- You are disoriented or confused.
- You develop signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, decreased urination, or paleness.
- You develop severe pain in your abdomen.
- You have persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
- You develop a skin rash.
- Your symptoms suddenly get worse.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any signs or symptoms of a fever, don’t hesitate to contact us at Kudo Care, 972-639-5836 and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you.