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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?

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?

Wide range: There is a wide range of 'normal' temperatures for an adult - from 95 through 100 can be normal. Above 101 is what I would consider a fever that would be related to infection. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more


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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?

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

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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?

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

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How long and how high can an adult's fever be before they should see a doctor?

How long and how high can an adult's fever be before they should see a doctor?

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

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Can a high fever cause a rash in adults?

Can a high fever cause a rash in adults?

Yes: A fever can precipitate a rash; it may be the pathogen causing the reactive fever, and also the direct cause of the rash. In either case an md vist is warranted. ...Read more

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Is rashes after high fever common for adult?

Is rashes after high fever common for adult?

Sometimes: It depends on the underlying cause of the fever. Many febrile illness do also cause rashes. ...Read more

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What's considerd a low grade fever? And what's considerd a high fever in adults?

A temp of: 104 or greater would warrant medical attention. Temp >107.6 °F (42 °C) creates serious risk for brain damage. What constitutes low fever is adult is debatable. Check this med line plus article: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003090.htm ...Read more

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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.

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.

What is the cause of multi loculated pleural effusion in adults? I had also high fever, rib pain, back pain.

Multiloculated: 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

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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.

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.

Coxsackie virus: Any virus can evoke high fevers, if you want to know what's ailing you there are respiratory viral panel tests that can narrow the field. Take yourself to an urgent care center or ER to find out, may be a different cause ...Read more

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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?

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

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Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

Why are older children and young adults at such a high risk for the h1n1 flu?

See below: 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

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What happens if the nurse makes a mistake and gives my 3 year old daughter the 65 adult high dose flu vaccine?

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

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At what temperature is a fever too high?

At what temperature is a fever too high?

104-105: Above 104, you risk seizure, heart arrhythmia, and death. That's not definite but the higher you go, the more likely it is. ...Read more

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What is too high of a fever in a child?

What is too high of a fever in a child?

104 to 105 F: We start to worry around 104-105 degrees fahrenheit. ...Read more

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How high of a temperature is considered a fever?

How high of a temperature is considered a fever?

100.4: For most medical purposes, doctors in all specialties define fever as a temperature above 100.4 f. ...Read more

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Do high fevers cause schizophrenia?

Do high fevers cause schizophrenia?

No: High fevers may cause a person to become confused or hallucinate, but that is not schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is 101.4 fever to high for a 6 year old?

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

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How high can a fever be to cause hallucination?

How high can a fever be to cause hallucination?

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

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If I had menegitis, how high would my fever be?

If I had menegitis, how high would my fever be?

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

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Is a fever of 99.3 for a 3 month old, too high?

Is a fever of 99.3 for a 3 month old, too high?

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

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How high is a fever dangerous in a 15 month old?

How high is a fever dangerous in a 15 month old?

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

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How high must a fever be to cause hallucinations?

How high must a fever be to cause hallucinations?

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

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How high a fever before I get to stay home from school?

How high a fever before I get to stay home from school?

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

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When can high fevers cause neurological or nerve problems?

When can high fevers cause neurological or nerve problems?

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

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Why we avoid intravenous injection during high grade fever?

Why we avoid intravenous injection during high grade fever?

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