What Does A Fever Mean?

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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:

  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • General weakness

Higher fevers between 103 F (39.4 C) and 106 F (41.1 C) may cause:

  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Convulsions
  • Dehydration

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.

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