Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause Types

Fever (over 100.4 degrees f) Overview

Another name for Fever (over 100.4 degrees f) is Fever.

What is a fever?
A person with a fever has an abnormally elevated body temperature over 100.4 degrees F (38 C). Fever can be caused by a variety of conditions. In most cases, it is due to a viral or bacterial infection. The evaluation of fever varies with the age and general health of the patient. Fever is a more worrisome symptom in the patient with a poorly functioning immune system.

What are the symptoms of a fever?
Symptoms depend on the underlying cause for the fever. Common symptoms include excessive sweating, chills, and headache. Other symptoms include body aches, muscle aches, weakness, fatigue, cough, sore throat, rash, and sinus congestion.

How does the doctor treat a fever?
Treatment for a fever depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include rest, encourage fluids, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever control. Other treatment measures include antibiotics and antiviral medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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