What Does A Fever Mean?

In Primary Care

Women Having Fever

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:

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 an 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 Physician Partners of America today and speak with a doctor to find out more about fevers and what we can do to help.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maria Del Rosario Gomez, MD

4726 Habana Ave Tampa, FL 33614
Primary Care
Moved by the desire to truly make a difference in peoples’ lives, Dr. Maria Del Rosario Gomez is a primary care physician with the Florida Primary Care Group.

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