In a Fever your body temperature is raised persistently above the normal level of 37* (98.6*F). A fever is one way in which the body responds to infection, so it is most likely to result from a viral illness such as flu, or a throat, chest, or urinary infection. It can also be due to other diseases, a heatstroke, sunburn, or reactions to drugs. Af first you feel warm, if your temperature goes on rising, you feel chilled and shivery, ten as it drops you feel hot and flushed.
You may become dehydrated if the fever persists.
Get Medical help straight away.
- Temperature is over 39.4*C (103*F).
- You have a headache, sensitivity to light, stiff neck and or a rash.
- You are drowsy or confused.
- You have difficulty breathing.
See Your Doctor First
Arrange to see your doctor promptly if you feel weak and very unwell, and if you have a specific symptom with a fever, such as earache, a rash or a cough with phlegem.
What You Can YourSelf
Use the following measures in conjunction with any treatment from your doctor.
- Rest, you don’t have to stay in bed, but don’t overexert yourself, don’t go to work.
- Take a painkiller.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water or weak fruit juice to help prevent dehydration. Aim to have 1 glass of fluid an hour. Avoid caffeinated drinks. Try soups and and broghts if you feel unable to eat.
- Keep cool, but avoid getting cold. Eear light, loose clothes, In hot weather, use an electric fan.
- To check your temperature use a digital thermometer.
- If you are feeling shivery, don’t try to warm yourself. Instead, cover yourself with a sheet or a light blanked.
- I you feel hot and seaty, sponge your face with lukewarm water.
Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will reduce fever and help to relieve headache and muscle aches. Start taking a painkiller as soon as you begin to feel feverish.
Seek Further Medical Advice
Arrange to see your doctor if, your temperature eeps rising despits attempts to bring it down. The fever has not subsided within 2 days and you ahve developed other symptoms.
To check your temperature use a digital theromometer placed in your mouth or armpit, or an aural thermometer, the tip of which is inserted in the ear, forehead temperautre strips are not reliable.