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how to tell if you have a fever without a thermometer

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
You really can't: Feeling the skin can be very deceptive, as sometimes when the inner body temperature is up the body will try to get it down by increasing blood flow t ... Read More

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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fuad Kiblawi
27 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
U can't. : You can't know for sure, but if you're not feeling well, chills, shaking and fast heart rate, then you may have fever. Also if another person feels y ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
No: There is no accuracy with just feeling for fever. The person checking may have an unknown fever or their hands may be cold giving a falsely high perce ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Robbins
9 years experience Family Medicine
Thermometer: It is best to have a thermometer. A rectal temperature is most accurate, but ear temp of forehead is ok. Fever does not necessarily need to be treated ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience Orthodontics
A few things: Is the patient hot to the touch, use lips on forehead to tell. Is the patient unusually thirsty? Are the face and neck more red or flushed than usual. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Complex of symptoms: Flushed appear. , feeling hot to touch , dry skin&mouth , eyes sunken from dehydration , fast heartrate , excess sweating, coated tongue, irritability ... Read More
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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Check again.: Sometimes when you actually feel "feverish", with chills and sweats and shakes, your body is actually breaking the fever so if you check your temperat ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: It's still in the normal range.
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Fever: You have a fever when your temperature rises above its normal range. What's normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average normal tem ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Do you need to know?: You don't need to treat fever in and of itself, so it is not imperative you know what your temperature is unless you have other health conditions whe ... Read More

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