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Is 102 A High Fever For Adults
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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?
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
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
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
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
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
Depends: Depending upon the fever height and its cause, use of anti-pyretics like Aspirin and acetaminophen, combined with tepid towel baths, or immersion in luke-warm water will help. If this is due to heat exhaustion or stroke, this patient should be seen immediately by professionals, and even with ice-baths it may be difficult to control the fever. ...Read more
Antipyretic: Both Acetaminophen (tylenol) and Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) are effective at reducing fever. Some experts suggest using these medications every 6 hours to keep the fever down. A cool (not cold) bath may help. If fever persists, an evaluation should be sought to determine the cause of fever. In some cases, the cause may be a bacterial infection that would respond to antibiotics. ...Read more
No: This is the high end of normal. Normal temperatures run from 97 to 99.5 with 98.6 as the middle of the curve. For a 3 month old, the temp that is statistically significant is 102.2 or higher alone. If any breathing problems or signs of dehydration or inconsolability or lethargy, these are more important and get seen asap. ...Read more
Fever: Cold and fever are mostly caused by virus. Antibiotics don't work for viral infections and body has to fight with the virus. Analgesia like paracetamol, rest and fluids are the main key for improvement. If symptoms don't improve or someone develops rashes or chest pain or joint pain or shortness of breath or has any other concerns then get opinion from your doctor. ...Read more
Several are common: Assuming no allergies or contraindications to their use, tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetamenophen) and Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) are used commonly for fever. The ultimate treatment however is to treat the cause. A cool or tepid bath also can help if the fever is resistant. Avoid using any topical chemicals ie alcohol rub. ...Read more
Tempered baths- not cold baths, tylenol, (acetaminophen) fluids and rest are usually required for fever.
High fevers for adults are more signif than those for children unless the children are showing signs/symptoms. Follow-up with your primary care md as soon as you are able. ...Read more