How to Deal With a Fever

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A fever is the body’s natural reaction to indicate that something is wrong. When the body’s temperature increases or gets really hot this is caused by body trying to return to its normal state

A fever is often accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, chills, muscle pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. An infection is the most common cause of fever. Other causes include too much exposure to the sun, an allergic reaction and an adverse reaction to an immunization.

Resist the temptation to take medication at the first sign. Having a fever is a natural indication that your body is fighting off an infection. If you treat the fever too fast, your body may not get enough time to rid itself of the potential problem.

It is important to monitor a fever very closely. Be sure to take your temperature regularly to determine if your condition is worsening. If your fever continues to increase or shows no signs of breaking, try taking medicines that have the ingredient acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help reduce it. I would prefer Tylenol, Motrin or one to your liking

This will also help alleviate some of the aches, pains and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with a fever.

It is important to stay well hydrated because the body needs a lot of fluids so that it can aggressively fight whatever is causing the fever. If you get an upset stomach, try sucking on ice chips or drinking ginger ale. Replacing fluids is important especially if you experience vomiting or diarrhea.

Make yourself as comfortable as possible while allowing your body to fight a fever. Wear light clothing and keep your room cool. Try taking a cool bath or sponging off with a cool cloth.
See your doctor if your fever is very high or if it lasts for 1 to 3days. A temperature of over 104 degrees F is usually considered extremely high. You should also seek medical attention if you experience any of the following: confusion, painful urination, a stiff neck, convulsions, trouble breathing, or severe vomiting or diarrhea.


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