Elevated body temperature, usually over 100° F (by way of mouth) or over 101° F (by way of rectum). Measures for Self-Care
- Consume plenty of fluids.
- Take a sponge bath with warm water.
- Take an over-the-counter medicine (paracetamol) to reduce the fever.
- Don't wear too many clothes or cover yourself with too many blankets.
Call Your Doctor for
- Fever that is accompanied by: ear pain; sore throat; vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain; burning urinary pain, skin rashes or skin that has turned red and swollen or developed areas of pus.
- Fever that occurs in a baby less than six months old.
Get Immediate Care for
- Fever that occurs with rapid heartbeat, confusion, disorientation and loss of consciousness.
- Fever with stiff neck, headache, lethargy, nausea and vomiting.
- Fever accompanied by lightheadedness and shortness of breath