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Doctor insights on: How High Is Too High For A Fever In Adults

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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Can you please describe the effects (when you become an adult) of having had a high fever when you are a child?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Wide range: There is a wide range of 'normal' temperatures for an adult - from 95 through 100 can be normal. Above 101 is what I would consider a fever that would be related to infection. ...Read more

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How long and how high can an adult's fever be before they should see a doctor?

How long and how high can an adult's fever be before they should see a doctor?

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

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Can a high fever cause a rash in adults?

Can a high fever cause a rash in adults?

Yes: A fever can precipitate a rash; it may be the pathogen causing the reactive fever, and also the direct cause of the rash. In either case an md vist is warranted. ...Read more

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Is rashes after high fever common for adult?

Is rashes after high fever common for adult?

Sometimes: It depends on the underlying cause of the fever. Many febrile illness do also cause rashes. ...Read more

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What's considerd a low grade fever? And what's considerd a high fever in adults?

A temp of: 104 or greater would warrant medical attention. Temp >107.6 °F (42 °C) creates serious risk for brain damage. What constitutes low fever is adult is debatable. Check this med line plus article: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003090.htm ...Read more

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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.

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.

What is the cause of multi loculated pleural effusion in adults? I had also high fever, rib pain, back pain.

Multiloculated: 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

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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.

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.

Coxsackie virus: Any virus can evoke high fevers, if you want to know what's ailing you there are respiratory viral panel tests that can narrow the field. Take yourself to an urgent care center or ER to find out, may be a different cause ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: 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

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What happens if the nurse makes a mistake and gives my 3 year old daughter the 65 adult high dose flu vaccine?

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

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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?

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?

Fever: A child may have 104 fever and be running around the house, happy as can be. On the other hand, a child may have a normal temp and be dreadfully ill. You take your child to the doctor when you have concerns. ...Read more

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Is a temp of 99.5 in the afternoon considered a fever in adults?

Is a temp of 99.5 in the afternoon considered a fever in adults?

Fever Temperature: While any elevation in temperature above average is technically a fever, a fever is often not considered medically significant until at least 100.4 degrees. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Pulse: The heart rate is quite high. This, along with fever would warrant a trip to an urgent care center or earliest appointment at the pediatrician. Mostly to rule out bacterial infection that needs to be treated. ...Read more

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What is too high of a fever in a child?

What is too high of a fever in a child?

104 to 105 F: We start to worry around 104-105 degrees fahrenheit. ...Read more

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How high of a temperature is considered a fever?

How high of a temperature is considered a fever?

100.4: For most medical purposes, doctors in all specialties define fever as a temperature above 100.4 f. ...Read more

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How high must a fever be to cause hallucinations?

How high must a fever be to cause hallucinations?

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

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I have high fever?

See doctor: What is your temp when you mentioned that is is high. High fever inyoung pts we are concerned about meningitis. It is best to see doctor. Any other sx besides fever? ...Read more

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Child 5years high fever?

Need more info: First priority is to make your child comfortable by bringing the fever down. In order to do this I need your child's weight and age to give you the right dosage. If sick looking go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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What is high bone fever?

What is high bone fever?

Imaginary!?: There had been some internet noise at it but no such thing. ...Read more

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I am very ill. High fever?

I am very ill. High fever?

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

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How high is a high fever?

How high is a high fever?

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

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Is 100-102 a high fever?

Is 100-102 a high fever?

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