Monday, September 13, 2010

Fever - Measures for Self-Care

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

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