When your body is fighting against illness it reacts with a high fever. Whilst a high fever can be uncomfortable it isn’t a serious matter until it reaches 103F or higher. In young children a high fever can be more serious and is usually a sign of infection. If you have a fever our friendly and professional staff here at Night and Day Medical center can help. Often having a high fever can be a frightening experience as you don’t know what is happening inside your body, booking an appointment with a doctor or medical professional can help put your mind at ease.
The average normal body temperature is around 98.6F although this may fluctuate to be a little higher or lower. This is perfectly normal however if your body temperature reaches 103F or higher then you have a fever. A fever can become apparent in the body due to an illness or virus, a bacterial infection, heat exhaustion or sunburn. Whilst these are the more common reasons or a fever, it can also be the result of a more serious condition such as a malignant tumour, certain inflammatory conditions or even as an effect of certain medications. Sometimes it isn’t always possible to identify the cause of the fever, however our staff at Night and Day Medical center will take every effort to determine and treat the cause of a high fever.
If you have a fever you may be suffering from the following symptoms:
- Hot and cold sweats.
- Weakness and lethargy.
- Muscle aches.
- High fevers of 103F and above can have the following side effects:
- Dizziness and confusion.
If you have a high fever and the above symptoms persist you should seek medical help to aid in reducing your temperature. You should also seek medical help immediately if a high fever is associated with any of the following symptoms:
- Stiff neck.
- Excessive sleepiness.
- Chest pain.
- Repeated vomiting.
- Trouble breathing.
- Abdominal pain.
- Blood in stool.
- Pain when urinating.
- Leg swelling.
- Red, hot or swollen area of skin.
High fever in children and babies can be a great cause of concern for parents and guardians. Whilst a fever is usually a symptom of a virus or infection you should seek professional medical advice if your child is younger than 3 months or refusing to eat and drink. If your child is being unresponsive, listless and has a persistent fever then again you should call your family doctor.
What to do if you have a Fever
- If you have a high fever you can try and reduce the fever by considering the following methods;
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Dress lightly in breathable materials and keep a blanket close.
- Take a lukewarm sponge bath.
- Drink ginger tea.
- Get plenty of rest.
All of these methods can be effective when asking how to break a fever. In some cases treatment is unnecessary and the fever needs to run its course as the body staves off the illness. If you are in any doubt then you should never hesitate in contacting us at Night and Day Medical center. We take our clients health very seriously so no matter how minor you believe the problem to be, we are confident we can put your mind at ease and make you feel better.