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FutureStarrSymptoms of a Feveror
If you do any sort of outside work or you might have a fever. For a lot of people, flu is just a nuisance that goes away after a day. But for some people, it can be much worse.
Talk with your doctor right away if your child’s fever is above 104 F or lasts several days. Also call if the temperature doesn’t drop after you give medicine to lower it, or if the fever is above 102 F after a vaccine. And tell the doctor if your child seems too sleepy, if they don't drink or pee enough, or if they have a febrile seizure for the first time. If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, even if it isn't the first, call 911.
If your temperature is 103 F or higher, the fever lasts at least 2 days, or if the number doesn’t drop after you take medicine to lower it, reach out to your doctor's office. You may also want to call if you haven’t drunk enough fluid or peed enough, or you’ve vomited many times and can’t keep down fluids. Go to the emergency room if you have a fever with a bad headache, a stiff neck, a new rash or confusion, or if it’s 105 F or more. (Source: www.webmd.com)
The fever triggered by a viral or bacterial infection is caused by chemicals produced by the immune system, which reset the body’s thermostat to a higher level. Most cases of mild fever resolve by themselves within a couple of days. A mild fever (up to 39°C) can actually help the immune system to get rid of an infection. In children between the ages of six months and six years, fever can trigger convulsions. A fever of 42.4°C or higher, particularly in the elderly, can permanently damage the brain.
Fever is a rise in body temperature above the normal temperature, usually caused by infection. Normal body temperature is around 37°C (give or take a degree, depending on individual differences). There may also be minor fluctuations over the course of the day and night. Contrary to popular belief, the severity of fever isn’t necessarily related to the seriousness of the illness – for example, life-threatening meningitis might only cause a small temperature rise. (Source: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au)