A fever is a condition in which your body temperature is higher than normal. A fever generally occurs when you are sick, to activate the body’s immune system to fight off bacteria and viruses. Fevers can also occur with heat exhaustion, sunburns, some immunizations and some medications.
Treatment of a fever depends on the cause, (i.e. medication, heat exhaustion, etc.). Medical attention should be sought if you have recently been in high temperatures and are not sweating, (heat exhaustion), you fever lasts for more than a couple of days, or the fever cannot be treated effectively with over the counter cold medicine.
A trip to the emergency room is in order for the following fever symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Trouble breathing
- Seizures or convulsions
It is important with any fever to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.