So you have a fever, what now?
First, let’s define “fever.” A fever is an abnormally high body temperature typically accompanied by shivering, headache, and possibly delirium. It is usually a symptom of an underlying condition, often an infection where the body is “trying to fight it off.”
You have a fever when your temperature rises above its “normal” range. Normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average normal temperature of 98.6 F (37 C).
Fever signs and symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- General weakness
Higher fevers between 103 F (39.4 C) and 106 F (41.1 C) may cause:
For children, call the doctor immediately if they have a fever and also:
- Is drowsy
- Is overly fussy
- Has a weakened immune system
- Has a seizure
- Has a rash, sore throat, headache, stiff neck, or earache
Whether you, your child or loved one has a fever, it’s important to understand why it has onset and what the underlying causes are in order to treat everything. Contact Florida Primary Care Clinics today and speak with a doctor to find out more about fevers and what we can do to help.