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Off And On Fever In Adults
Warrants an eval...:
I would confer with a doctor. Before you go think about how long this has been going on, the pattern of the fevers, and have a detailed medical, family, social, travel, and work history available.
There is a long list of things that can cause fever alone, including infectious, cancer, and rheumatic diseases. Since these are serious things, I would see someone asap. ...Read more
More or less, yes: Normal body temperature is 98.6. That said, many people will normally run as low as 96.7 in the morning, and can reach 98 or 99 by mid-afternoon. For most of us, though, a body temp above about 99, 5 is probably a low grade temp, which can be caused by a mild infectious or chronic inflammatory process. A "fever, " per se, is probably best defined as a core body themperature greater than 101.5'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If this happens you need immediate medical attention. The first thing we consider is an infection. The infection needs to be founf and treated immediately. The high fever needs to be controlled and the temperature dropped. There can be non infection reasons for high fevers. This is found in certain medical diseases. If that is the case you need an intense medical evaluation and therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antipyretics: Aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are all antipyretics (fever reducers). Children under 18 shouldn't take aspirin, due to the risk of reye's syndrome. Tylenol (acetaminophen) shouldn't be used by people with liver disease, and Ibuprofen avoided by those with certain cardiac and renal diseases. This list is partial, if you're not sure, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Probably not...: Depends on a number of factors, including your metabolism, activity at the time the "elevated" temperature was recorded, and personal baseline body temperature when optimally "healthy.". ...Read more
Nothing, ASA or APAP: Bear in mind that fever helps fight off bacterial or viral infections. High temperatures interfere with DNA replication. The fastest way to get rid of a viral infection is to not treat the fever, and drink lots of water to flush viruses out of the body and preserve hydration. Fever is not harmful to the human body until you hit 107--which marathoners can do if they don't cool down after the run. ...Read more
What temp is considered a fever in an adult. And how dangerous is it to have one for several days?
98.6, but...: Normal oral temperature for and adult/child is 98.6 f. 36.8 c. It depends where you take the reading: oral is usually one degree f lower than vaginal or anal readings. You are considered to have a fever if above 100f, but I think if you have a fever close to 102-3 for 2 days or more, it is wise to see a physician. If a child has 101 f for a couple of days, keep hydrated (as with adults) & call md. ...Read more
What would cause a fever in an adult during the day but not at night every day now for at least a week?
Appt. Timing?: Sounds unusual. Please be sure you are checking / taking your temperature when feel feverish, not just going subjectively ; write it down. See your dr for thorough history, exam, and indicated testing. ...Read more
Can a major illness cause/trigger periodic fever syndrome in an adult who was otherwise healthy before the illness?
Sort of: You can definitely hallucinate things if you're very sick with a high fever. This is not a good sign. You should get evaluated by a doctor to make sure you're not getting septic. ...Read more