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Dr. Maria Curfman
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Unexplained Fever (Overview)

Unexplained fever is a fever that lasts for days or weeks, beyond the normal length of time for a typical viral or bacterial illness.


Dr. Maria Curfman
29 doctors shared insights

Unexplained Fever (Overview)

Unexplained fever is a fever that lasts for days or weeks, beyond the normal length of time for a typical viral or bacterial illness.


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What are the different reasons for an unexplained fever in a 25 year old?

What are the different reasons for an unexplained fever in a 25 year old?

4 categories.: If the fever (t>100.5) has been present for 3 weeks or more and has defied reasonable attempts to explain, the most likely cause of the fever will eventually be "unexplained." another 20% of patients will eventually be found to have an inflammatory cause, another 20% will be found to have an occult infection and 10% will be found to have a malignancy. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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What would you do to get rid of a fever?

What would you do to get rid of a fever?

Why?: Why treat a low grade fever? It may be helpful, it should not affect you adversely other than being aware of it, and simply recording the levels of fever and the times it occurs may help your doctor if it persists and you need a diagnosis. If you are really bothered by it you can take Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours to suppress it. Less than a minute ago. ...Read more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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What are the different reasons for an unexplained fever in a 25 year old?

4 categories.: If the fever (t>100.5) has been present for 3 weeks or more and has defied reasonable attempts to explain, the most likely cause of the fever will eventually be "unexplained." another 20% of patients will eventually be found to have an inflammatory cause, another 20% will be found to have an occult infection and 10% will be found to have a malignancy. ...Read more

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Unexplained fever in 2 year old for 2 days. See doctor or wait another day?

Unexplained fever in 2 year old for 2 days. See doctor or wait another day?

What else?: How is the baby otherwise. Fussy, picking at ears, not eating, complaining of localized pains, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea. If just mild fever, watch them carefully. If your concerns about their welfare increase, have them seen by doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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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