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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


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

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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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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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 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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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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Do colds have fever of 100.1 or 100.2 in adults?

Do colds have fever of 100.1 or 100.2 in adults?

Yes: It's not unusual to run a low grade fever with a cold. Acetominophen or ibuprofen can help with fever and aches. Make certain you drink plenty of fluids, too. Thanks for trusting healthTap! ...Read more

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