Once your body temperature increases to higher than 100.4 F, then you are said to have a fever. Fever symptoms in a patient are usually the following:
§ Muscle pain
§ A feeling of being weak
§ Loss of Appetite
§ Feeling cold or shivery
For patients with fevers that are considered to be very high, more than 103 F, fever symptoms may include:
The very first thing that should be done if you would like to give relief to fever symptoms is to first find out the right body temperature the patient has with the use of an accurate thermometer. The oral, axillary, and rectal thermometers are the most widely used. The tympanic thermometer is used to get the ear temperature while the temporal type is used to determine the temperature of the forehead skin.
As soon as you get the correct temperature, you then have to determine what actions you need to take in order to get rid of those fever symptoms.
What those Temperatures Mean
Take note that adults with temperatures of beyond 100 F have fevers. In children who are more than six months old, temperatures more than 101 F mean that the patients should undergo treatment.
It is advisable to observe how your child behaves. A child who has appetite loss should be given a more serious treatment than if the child is still active even with fever symptoms.
Babies (those between three to six months old) should be brought to their pediatricians once the temperature measures more than 101 F.
The Right Fever Symptoms Medicines
Medications that may be used to treat fever symptoms are usually the following:
§ Acetaminophen e.g. Tylenol
§ Ibuprofen e.g. Advil
For children who are less than two months old, a consultation with a pediatrician is a must. It is not advisable to give medication to them without the pediatrician’s approval.
Take note that aspirin is not recommended for children below 18 years old, with the exception of those that have been prescribed by the physician.
Fever symptoms may also be reduced with the help of home remedies such as:
- Bathing the patient in water with a lukewarm temperature
- Application of cool compresses on the forehead, under the arms, etc.
It is also important to let the patient where only a layer of clothes that are comfortable for as long as the temperature within the patient’s room is not too hot or not too cold.