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A 44-year-old member asked:

hay fever also know as allergic rhinitis or can hay fever be other things?

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Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Maybe if you are not: Specific. Hay fever started off as a term describing how people felt when they developed sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion to ragweed pollen during aug-sep when hay was harvested. They complained of feeling achy as if they had a fever. They thought they had an infection. Now some will call all outdoor allergic rhinitis as hay fever. Except in texas, in dec, it is called cedar fever.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Hay fever is it: Hay fever is a form of seasonal allergic rhinitis caused by allergy to ragweed. Ragweed pollenates during late august to early september, the traditional time for mowing hay. 19th century physicians thought that this malady of the nose & eyes might be due in some fashion to particles released by freshly mowed hay. "fever" is a 19th century term for inflammation & doesn't mean temperature elevation.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can fevers cause brain trauma and damage?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or encephalitis), the infection can cause damage but not the fever. Fevers from heat stroke (in the 107 degree range or more) may cause brain damage but these are not typical fevers of childhood. They result from exposure to extreme heat.
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How can I treat my baby or toddler's fever?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: Fever is a symptom and by itself may not need treatment. It is the underlying reason for the fever that is important. Fever in children less than 2-3 months and in very ill acting infants should be evaluated by someone familiar with children's health care. When treating fever Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are the common medications used in the country. Care should be used not to use too much.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do infants get fevers?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Immune response: Fever is part of the bodies "immune" response to getting infected, and is actually useful to help prevent the germs from multiplying. Other parts of the immune response include development of antibodies to fight the infection, but that takes much more time than developing a fever.
A 26-year-old member asked:

How can I manage a fever in the third trimester?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Tylenol (acetaminophen): For a minor fever, such as below 103.5 degrees f you can use tylenol (acetaminophen) as directed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How are febrile seizures treated?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Treat the fever: Febrile seizures rarely are dangerous to the child if managed well. More risk is the illness and the child's overall health. Medication can be given at onset to stop the seizure. Daily medication is no longer recommended.

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