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When Is A Fever Too High In Adults
For adults: What is the normal body temperature range? What is the temp. Of a fever? What is low body temp. Range? What is the high body temp. Range?
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
Adult temp of 101.4. Other day fever free however all last week had a temp. On antibiotics. Is it normal to get a high temp again like this?
You may need to: Get back to the healthcare provider that treated you initially if the fever is increasing back up or persistent. Sometimes fever can occur due to a viral infection that the antibiotics (which are used to treat bacterial infections) cannot touch. Or it may be a sign that the original bacterial infection is resistant to the antibiotic that you are taking. ...Read more
Could Adult onset stills disease present with monthly low grade fevers (99-101) lasting a week, instead of the classic daily high grade fevers?
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
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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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
Are high fevers (103.5) part of hand foot mouth disease in adults? No congestion; chills and throat. I can't get to a doc, but kid was just dx'd.
Can adults get febrile seizures? And if so, how severe can these seizures get? Do they only happen at really high temperatures, or any temperature?
Poor term: Febrile seizure is a term used to describe a process in childhood where their immature nervous system can develop benign seizures with febrile stress. It would never be applied to an adult with a mature nervous system. Childhood seizures are often benign, while adult seizures are not. Any seizure patient is more likely to have a seizure if they have a fever. ...Read more
They are not at higher risk for complications, unless they have underlying problems (heart and lung, cancer), they may be at more risk for catching the illness due to crowding, such as dorms, and sports, and not being vaccinated.
It is the very young and very old that have most of the complications. ...Read more
What happens if the nurse makes a mistake and gives my 3 year old daughter the 65 adult high dose flu vaccine?
Double check that an: Error really occurred first. Usually doctors write for the flu shot, and the nurse, pharmacist, medical assistant or physician's assistant can give it. They usually check the preloaded syringe taking into account the weight/age specifications. If you suspect an error, contact the pediatrician ordering the meds, as the ultimate responsibility rests with her/him. ...Read more
Fever: A fever in itself is an indication of a problem. A fever of 101 is concerning, but without other symptoms would not be too concerned. Are there other symptoms: cough, sore throat or rash. Behavior: eating OK, drinking OK. Usually a fever can be watched and treated if the child is uncomfortable. If the child is warm, but feels OK let it ride. If symptoms persist or worsen get checked. ...Read more
Few possibilities: Fever from causes like infections causes encephalopathy- toxic to brain from the infecting organisms like bacteria, viral (proteins), fungus crossing the blood brain barrier -a defense, down by fever. Also fluid and electrolyte changes in the body cause swelling of brain called odema. Eg: are the infectious &noninfec. Like drug fever, heat stroke. Local invasion of brain by infec. Organisms ->hallu. ...Read more
Over 100.00: There is no absolute temperature for meningitis - fever (>100.5) is common, but if someone has all the other symptoms, without the fever, I wouldn't rule it out. (light sensitivity, pain when flexing neck forward, nausea/and or vomiting, severe headache). Generally a lumbar puncture would be the definitive test. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: Gold standard is a rectal temperature of 100.4 or greater for the definition of "fever" in infants. Fever is merely a symptom and sometimes time will determine how the thermostat of your infant will behave-better/worse. 99.3 could be a normal variation or a sign of an illness. Other symptoms associated to it will remain important: intake, output-wet/dirty diapers, could sx's, behavior, sleep. ...Read more
Depends: 105-106 will cause problems in almost everyone. I would look at how the child acts, instead of focusing on the fever. A fever usually means there is an infection that the child is fighting. If it is over 102 for more than a couple of days, or over 104 anytime, then I would see the doctor. If the child acts ill enough that you are not comfortable, then I would see the doctor. ...Read more
Depends: The degree of temperature elevation necessary to cause alterations in mental functioning will vary with the age and underlying neurological status of the person with fever. It is also difficult to determine (i.e., typhoid fever), whether it is just the fever or other aspects of the disease which produce hallucinosis. In either event, temps need to be higher than 104.5 to usually see changes. ...Read more
What other symptoms?: If you have a minimal temp elevation (less than 100.5), are not coughing, sneezing, having vomiting or diarrhea, or otherwise putting out secretions which carry the virus it is reasonably safe for you to go to school with small risk of infecting other students, but avoid touching people, kissing, or other intimate activities. Use common sense both for you and your classmates. ...Read more
Fever and damage:
There is a condition called malignant hyperthermia, a disorder in which muscle breaks down, releasing myoglobin which is toxic to the kidney and results in significant muscle damage and even death
usually fever is not the cause of the damage. The damage is caused by whatever has caused the elevated temperature, for example prolonged seizures with fever.. ...Read more
Not true.: There is no absolute contraindication to IV injections during high grade feverf - maybe unless someone is having a seizure due to a high fever. In fact, high grade fever sometime can be associated with serious, life threatening illness. In those cases, IV therapy is definitely part of the treatment regimen. ...Read more