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Febrile Illness (Overview)

A febrile illness is when you have an illness that causes fever. Etiologies can be bacterial or viral and less commonly fungal and autoimmune . Viral infections are the usual culprits. Anytime you have prolonged fever closer follow up and investigation with your doctor is advised...Even if you have already seen your doctor.


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What is acute febrile illness? Just a cold a fever?

What is acute febrile illness? Just a cold a fever?

Definition: It simply means what it says. An abrupt or very recent onset of a medical disease characterized by fever. It could represent any form of inflammatory condition, but usually suggests infection. ...Read more

Febrile Illness (Overview)

A febrile illness is when you have an illness that causes fever. Etiologies can be bacterial or viral and less commonly fungal and autoimmune . Viral infections are the usual culprits. Anytime you have prolonged fever closer follow up and investigation with your doctor is advised...Even if you have already seen your doctor.


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What are classice symptoms of febrile illness?

What are classice symptoms of febrile illness?

Many things: Febrile illness means having a fever from some illness. Many different things can cause fever. Most are caused by viruses and some by bacteria and other diseases. Often no particular lab test is necessary but blood counts can be helpful and some tests for strep and flu also can be helpful. Most is decided by the physician himself. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

Always document how high the fever is and when you administered any medications for reference. ...See more

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Last night, I went to the ER and was diagnosed with a viral febrile illness. Should I have gone to urgent care instead?

Last night, I went to the ER and was diagnosed with a viral febrile illness. Should I have gone to urgent care instead?

Yup: Urgent cares can generally handle any acute problem that is not life-threatening. If you have severe pain / trouble breathing, confusion, chest pain, or stroke symptoms, go to emergency. If you have an injury with obvious dislocation, bone sticking out, or passing out, go to emergency. If you're not sure, call your doctor or the urgent care center first. ...Read more

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What causes febrile illness and how do you test for it in the clinic?

What causes febrile illness and how do you test for it in the clinic?

Many things: Febrile illness means having a fever from some illness. Many different things can cause fever. Most are caused by viruses and some by bacteria and other diseases. Often no particular lab test is necessary but blood counts can be helpful and some tests for strep and flu also can be helpful. Most is decided bu the physician himself. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

Always treat a fever in a child with a history of seizures. Not necessrily others unless uncomfortable. ...See more

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I need to know what lead to Febrile illness?

I need to know what lead to Febrile illness?

Lots of things: Febrile illnesses mostly come from infections, caught from others. They can be viral (like head colds, bronchitis, intestinal infections with vomiting and diarrhea) or they can be bacterial, such as strep throat, ear infections, strep pneumonia, diverticulitis in the bowel, skin infections or any number of others. Rarely fungal infections or unusual medication reactions lead to fever. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get febrile illness? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get febrile illness?  Is he right?

Depends: Fever can be caused by many different conditions, some of which will resolve on their own. Many times fever can be a sign of serious illness. You should definitely see a doctor if your fever is persistent or recurrent. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

Alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) with advil every 4 hours and push fluids, gatorade/pedialyte. ...See more

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What is complication from febrile illness?

What is complication from febrile illness?

Depends: Febrile illness simply means illness with fever. Most simple viral illnesses last 3-5 days but cancer can also cause fever and if undiagnosed can last till you die. Stills disease can last for weeks if untreated. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more