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Fever Doctor Irving

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.

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