Take your temperature and assess your symptoms. If your temperature runs 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, you have a fever. Stay in bed and rest. Keep hydrated. Drinking water, iced tea, or very diluted juice to replenish fluids lost through sweating. But if keeping liquids down is difficult, suck on ice chips.
What to do if you have a fever with a fever?
Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn’t needed. Call the doctor if the fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs or symptoms.
What is a fever and what causes it?
A fever is a natural part of your body’s defense against illness, rather than an illness itself. While infections such as the flu are the most common causes of fever, your temperature may increase due to medication use, inflammation, vaccinations, and other factors. In some cases, fever can occur without a known cause.
What does it mean when you have a fever?
When you have a fever, it means your immune system is working overtime to battle whatever infection or disease is making you ill. Give your body a fighting a chance by catching a few winks. Studies suggest that sleep boosts immune system function.
What to do if your body has a fever?
If you feel your temperature starting to rise into a fever, and you’re shivering, keep in mind that your body is probably responding to an infection. Rest and fluids are the best ways to help your body recover, but you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen as well, especially if your temperature rises above 102°F (38.9°C).
What’s best for a fever?
Choosing the Best Fever Reducer
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Drug guidelines by age
Is 100.2 considered a fever for an adult?
A fever is a body temperature above 100.4°F. A normal oral temperature for a resting, healthy adult is about 98.6°F (37°C) (for someone over 70 normal temp is 96.8°F (36°C)). Your temperature can go up or down 1 to 2 degrees throughout the day. Fever is a sign of inflammation or infection and is a common symptom of illness. Fever is not a disease.
Is 102.5 too high of a temperature in an adult?
Although it may not be comfortable, a temperature of up to 102°F is generally safe in adults. In fact, most healthy adults can even tolerate a fever as high as 103°F to 104°F for short periods of time without having any significant problems. Body temperatures usually return to normal once the illness goes away.
What are the medications for fever?
Over-the-counter medications. In the case of a high fever, or a low fever that’s causing discomfort, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).