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Missing Fever When Sick
Can happen.: Cold can be from various reasons like allergies, vasomotor rhinitis, and infections. If the cause is infection then fever is likely. Fever is either absent or a low grade with most of the virus infections, except with viruses like flu. If a bacterial infection is involved on top of the cold then fever can be high. ...Read more
No but: Some diseases may not cause symptoms until the late stage- you must heard of otherwise healthy people who have a heart attack while jogging. Certain cancers may take months or years to cause symptoms. On the other hand, in the absence of any strong family history of cancer and feeling good otherwise, I won't lose sleep over it especially at your age. Enjoy life. ...Read more
Fever: Not necessarily. Depends upon the manner in which you are taking your temperature (oral, axillary, rectal, etc.) and the time of day. It is generally assumed that if your temperature exceeds 100 degrees that this is not normal. Some people may have lower body temps than others, sometimes due to metabolic conditions. ...Read more
Feeling feverish, for a few days now I feel like I have a fever, but when I take my temp I don't. Am I actually sick?
My husband is a normally physically healthy 38 year old. He has now been ill with headaches and fevers for 2 weeks.?
See a Doctor: Good rule of thumb: if something doesn't go away in two weeks, see a doctor. (or sooner if you feel it is appropriate). ...Read more
I just developed fever 100.5.I was fine before that. No other symptoms. What is it!? By the way I never have fever even when I'm sick.
Wait & see: I don't tell patients they have a fever unless their temp is over 101. Small elevations in body temperature can have any number of causes, from minor viral infections to over-exertion or over-exposure to heat. Keep an eye on your temp and try to stay cool; if your temperature continues to rise, then you need to see your dr. ...Read more
My son is 3 and has been pretty sick the last 2 days. His fever has gone down some but he isn't able to keep any food or drinks down. What do I do?
Temperature rise: If it is day 10-15 of your cycle, it is possible.! ...Read more
Fever: Inability to mount a febrile response to an illness depends in part on the nature of the illness, but more so on the individual. Patients with hypothyroidism, other metabolic derangements such as kidney or liver failure or central nervous system conditions may blunt the capacity of the patient to have fever. This is very common as well in the elderly. ...Read more
Fevers go up N down: Just because ur fever 'broke' doesn't mean for sure that you're in the clear. You need to listen to your body and rest. Keep the chicken soup/fluids going. Take any meds that the doc ordered. If ur really feeling rotten, u may need to check in with the doc. Some things can 'suppress' the fever -like meds. The fever also has a natural cycle to it -so it may come back later in the day. Feel better. ...Read more
Fever: It would be important to know what you consider a fever and the manner in which you are measuring it. Also helpful to know if accompanied by chills, sweats, other symptoms. Also, have you been exposed to anyone with illnesses, have you lost weight, had a change in appetite, and other manifestations too lengthy to discuss here. ...Read more
Not a cure: Cold tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Rest! ...Read more
The usual: He can do whatever you would do. ...Read more
Fever & headache: As long as the fever is not high (persistently > 102), and if it has only been 2 days, I would just take Ibuprofen (otc), 3 tabs 3 times a day as this is probably a viral process that will go away by itself. I would wait up to a week for low-grade fever and mild to moderate headache to go away on its own. If the fever is high, or if the headache is unusually severe, you should see a doctor. ...Read more