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Alternate Names : Pyrexia, Elevated Body Temperature

Fever | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment is usually directed at whatever is causing the fever. Some steps that can help bring down a fever or comfort a person include the following: Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce a fever. A fever may return after the first dose of medication. These medications should be taken as directed throughout the day. Extra fluids should be taken to help avoid dehydration . Sponging or bathing in lukewarm water can cool the skin and reduce body temperature. Ice water or alcohol sponge baths are no more effective than lukewarm water, so these should not be used. Extra clothing and blankets are not necessary. Bundling a person will only cause the fever to rise. Fevers greater than 106 degrees F are very serious. These high fevers need to be treated in the hospital.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Aspirin should not be given to children or adolescents. A rare condition called Reye's syndrome , a severe inflammation of the brain and liver, has been linked to aspirin use in young people, especially in cases of the flu and chickenpox . All medications have side effects, including allergic reactions and stomach upset. Other side effects depend on the medication used.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

What happens after treatment depends on what caused the fever. If the cause of the fever is corrected, the fever generally goes away. Further treatment may not be required.

How is the condition monitored?

The temperature can be taken several times to monitor the fever. Further monitoring depends on the underlying cause of the fever.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 07/03/01

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