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How High Is Too High For A Fever In Adults
Can you please describe the effects (when you become an adult) of having had a high fever when you are a child?
Nothing specific: Decades ago it was common to attribute learning difficulties or deafness to high fever in childhood. As research on kids has progressed, most deafness has been linked to other causes and learning difficulties linked to inherited factors. Meningitis or encephalitis, with or without high fever did have complications. Most kids with high fever grow up with no long term effects. ...Read more
Adult temp of 101.4. Other day fever free however all last week had a temp. On antibiotics. Is it normal to get a high temp again like this?
You may need to: Get back to the healthcare provider that treated you initially if the fever is increasing back up or persistent. Sometimes fever can occur due to a viral infection that the antibiotics (which are used to treat bacterial infections) cannot touch. Or it may be a sign that the original bacterial infection is resistant to the antibiotic that you are taking. ...Read more
Could Adult onset stills disease present with monthly low grade fevers (99-101) lasting a week, instead of the classic daily high grade fevers?
For adults: What is the normal body temperature range? What is the temp. Of a fever? What is low body temp. Range? What is the high body temp. Range?
2-3 days or >102.5: Prolonged fever without a break for >2 days should prompt a call to your physician, and fever greater than 102.5 should also prompt a call. If the patient is sluggish or confused, take them to the emergency room (skip your doctor's office, as they will just send you on). However, if there are signs of pneumonia (productive cough with fever) or other bacterial infection - go in right away. ...Read more
I have had a 101+ fever for 4 days went to the dr they said it was a virus. How long is it ok for an adult to have a high fever.
Well: If you don't treat the fever and its a virus the fever goes up and down on its own. Usually if it is a bacterial infection the fever hoed up and stays up. Viruses can last a week or mor depending on what it is. Right now there are some pretty nasty ones with high fevers going around, most with coughs ...Read more
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What is the cause of multi loculated pleural effusion in adults? I had also high fever, rib pain, back pain.
A pleural effusion means there is fluid in that chest cavity. Multiloculated means that the fluid isn't just one single continuous collection but is either multiple or divided in some fashion.
With high fever, rib pain and back pain infection is certainly a concern and you need to seek care urgently. ...Read more
Are high fevers (103.5) part of hand foot mouth disease in adults? No congestion; chills and throat. I can't get to a doc, but kid was just dx'd.
Can adults get febrile seizures? And if so, how severe can these seizures get? Do they only happen at really high temperatures, or any temperature?
Poor term: Febrile seizure is a term used to describe a process in childhood where their immature nervous system can develop benign seizures with febrile stress. It would never be applied to an adult with a mature nervous system. Childhood seizures are often benign, while adult seizures are not. Any seizure patient is more likely to have a seizure if they have a fever. ...Read more
They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated.
It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more
What happens if the nurse makes a mistake and gives my 3 year old daughter the 65 adult high dose flu vaccine?
Double check that an: Error really occurred first. Usually doctors write for the flu shot, and the nurse, pharmacist, medical assistant or physician's assistant can give it. They usually check the preloaded syringe taking into account the weight/age specifications. If you suspect an error, contact the pediatrician ordering the meds, as the ultimate responsibility rests with her/him. ...Read more
How high is too high of a fever for a 4 month old. I wanna know at what temp do I take he to the doctor?
3 y/o with 103 temp. Heartrate 180s. lethargy runny nose alternating Tylenol (acetaminophen) and motion q 4 hours. How high is too high heartrate for 3 y/o with fever?
Depends: The degree of temperature elevation necessary to cause alterations in mental functioning will vary with the age and underlying neurological status of the person with fever. It is also difficult to determine (i.e., typhoid fever), whether it is just the fever or other aspects of the disease which produce hallucinosis. In either event, temps need to be higher than 104.5 to usually see changes. ...Read more
See your doctor!: Fever can signify many different illnesses and usually indicates infection and or inflammation. Figuring out what is wrong requires a complete review of other symptoms (cough, sore throat, viral infection. See your primary care physician diarrhea, burning with urination, rashes, etc.) a physical exam and often blood work and testing! High fevers often but not always suggest a viral infection.. ...Read more
Fever: A high fever depends on who you are talking to and who you are talking about. Most doctors would use a fever of 104 as high, With fevers, especially in regards to febrile seizures, that rate of elevation is more of a concern than the actual number. Typically a fever is defined as 100.4 or higher or two points higher than someone's baseline temperature. ...Read more
Medium: The importance of the temperature depends on the whole story. For example, for a patient with new influenza diagnosed yesterday, who now has a temperature of 102 but also had 102 yesterday... today's 102 fever has no special meaning. On the other hand, a 5-week old baby who has a 102 fever today but was normal yesterday, will need to see the doctor today. ...Read more
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