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The average temperature of the human body is 98.6°F (37°C). When the body's temperature begins to elevate outside of its normal range, it is known as a fever.

Asked in Cold and Flu, Famous Quotations, Fevers

Should you feed a fever or starve a cold?

First, this is an idiom that is no longer considered good medicine. It comes from a culture from long ago before we understood pathogens, disease, and our immune systems. When you are ill with a cold, other upper respiratory infection, and/or fever, eat sensibly when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied. Drink plenty of liquids. Rest in bed. You can treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medicines. Ask your pharmacist for product recommendations for your specific symptoms. See more in the...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Eyes, Pain, Fevers

Can fever cause eye pain?

Yes.. it's very normal to have eye pain with a fever/// Because of the blood flow diff. b/c of tempaturess =] ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Eyes, Pain, Fevers

Why do your eyes hurt when you have a fever?

actually your eyes do not burn when you have a fever but they do hurt when you have a cold or the flu. ...
Asked in Smoking and Tobacco Use, Smoking Cessation, Fevers

Can you smoke when you have a fever?

You should not. A fever usually indicates that your body is fighting an infection. Smoking inhibits good circulation of the blood and that can prevent the healing work of your immune system from having full effect and prolong your recovery or worsen the condition. Obviously, it would also be contraindicated if the infection or the symptoms are in the respiratory system. Treat your body better and consider getting on a smoking cessation program if your health is important to you and to...
Asked in Health, Thyroid, Fevers

What is thyroid fever?

You may be referring to thyrotoxicosis, thyroid storm. In this case, thyroid hormone is quickly dumped by the gland into the body causing severe hyperthyroid symptoms which may be fatal. One of the hallmark symptoms is increased body temperature. I have never heard of that. Perhaps you mean Typhoid Fever. It is an illness transmitted by eating food or drink contaminated with salmonella typhi. If treated promptly, most infected people will recover. If left untreated, about 20% will die from it. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Fevers

Is 101.4 a high fever for a 7 year old boy?

Fever is a sign of the body fighting some sort of infection. 101.4 is not a very high fever. Fevers generally will reduce in a day to a few days time, with rest and fluids. A fever generally does not go higher than 105-106.2 degrees. If it does go above or the fever persists, visit a doctor. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Medical Terminology, Fevers

What does bilious fever mean?

Bilious fever is an old term no longer commonly used. It was used in the 18th and early 19th centuries by doctors to describe symptoms that included fever with nausea and vomiting. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Body Temperature, Symptoms, Fevers

Can fever cause feet and hands to feel cold?

yes, it can. it is called chills. Chills (shivering) may occur at the beginning of an infection and are usually associated with a fever. Chills are caused by rapid muscle contraction and relaxation. They are the body's way of producing heat when it feels cold. Chills often predict the coming of a fever or an increase in the body's core temperature. Chills are an important symptom with certain diseases such as malaria. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Producers (food chain), Fevers

What foods do you eat when you have a fever?

Drink lots of cold fluids such as water and Gatorade. Lots and lots of Gatorade. That should flush your system out. Also, many people say drink orange juice because it has vitamin c, but the acidity in it actually causes you to become nauseous and give you a false perception that you have to throw up. Tea will help also. Cold cereal is BAD to eat when you have a fever, the dairy inside of it will turn rotten inside your...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Body Temperature, Symptoms, Fevers

Is a fever of 100.8 a high fever for an adult?

No, but it's only 0.2 F. degrees away from what would be considered a high fever. Oral temps between 99.5 F. and 100.0 F. are MILD fevers, and 100.1 F. to 100.9 F. are MODERATE fevers. 101.0 F.and over is a high fever, and 104.0 F. or more needs immediate medical attention. However, you can still have a fever at as low as 99.0 F. taken orally (this is called a "low grade fever"). ...
Asked in Vital Signs, Body Temperature, Fevers

What temperature is considered a fever?

Normal body temp is 98.6. If it is 99.6+, it is a fever. If your body temp is 99.0-99.5, you may be having the signs of having one (you usually will feel hot, especially the cheeks, and sometimes the forehead), it can be called a low grade fever, tiny fever, or a small fever. A fever is the body's response to an illness, or an infection. Sometimes, body temperatures can randomly escalate to 100-101 degrees for brief periods (shower, exercise, hot weather,...
Asked in Heart Rate, Fevers

Is 103.7 a fever?

98.6 is the body's normal temperature so 103.7 is really really high fever. ...
Asked in Health, Conditions and Diseases, Cold Sores, Fevers

Can fever cause fever blisters on the tongue?

I get them all the time on the tip of my tongue, and my doctor gave me a prescription for a cream to put on them when I first feel them coming, and it really works. :( SAdly, there's no cure. Yes, you can also get them on your top lip or bottom lip, on the inside and outside of them because of a fever. I get them most of the time when I get a fever. I have asked...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Fevers

Why do you get chills when you have a fever?

Answer When you have a fever your internal thermostat is set too high therefore a room temperature which would feel comfortable if your temperature was normal gives you a chill if your temperature is raised. The above answer is an oversimplification. When you shiver, it is your body's way of warming itself up. The repetitive oscillations of your muscles give off heat which raise the body's core temperature. When you have a fever, it is because your body is using the heat to kill...
Asked in Health, Conditions and Diseases, Cold Sores, Fevers

Can a fever cause fever blisters?

A fever does not cause fever blisters, just like a cold doesn't cause cold sores (they are the same thing) but if infected with the Herpes Simplex I virus, a person's immune system is compromised and the virus can come out of its dormant stage. Too much sun, stress, certain foods, suppressed immune system are a few of the predisposing factors that can bring the Herpes Simplex Virus I out of its dormant stage. Remember once you have the virus, you...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Adderall, Yellow Fever, Fevers

What is the treatment for tomato fever?

Paracetamol and vitamin B-complex tablets are being administered in large quantities and patients are being advised to consume lots of fluids and take rest. It takes weeks and sometimes months for patients to be completely rid of the disease. ...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Cold and Flu, Fevers

Can you have an infection without a fever?

Yes, One could have a very serious infection without having a fever. If it hurts and the area is swollen or red... go to a doctor. I am starting week 4 of recovering from an infection that made it almost impossible for me to walk for over a week and the wounds have been very hard to heal and I still can't walk normally... I never had a temperature above normal and sometimes was even slightly below normal. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Fevers

Can you apply rubbing alcohol for a fever?

You should not apply isopropyl alcohol directly to the forehead or anywhere else on the body. Isopropyl alcohol, unlike ethyl (drinkable) alcohol, is toxic to the body. In small amounts applied to wounds, it is not harmful, but since isopropyl alcohol is easily absorbed by the skin, it can rise to toxic levels very quickly. However, since rubbing alcohol is offered as either isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, if you have a purely ethyl alcohol and water- based rubbing alcohol, it can be...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Fevers

Are you contagious after the fever is gone?

* My doctor informed me that a person is contagious only when they have a fever. * My doctor told me the same as the first answer but said that you need to be fever-free for at least 24 hours (48 hours is better) without the aid of ibuprofen before you can be sure of no longer being contagious. *This is not always accurate. Consider the common cold. People can show symptoms and never have a fever, yet cold viruses still spread. It...
Asked in Health, Asthma, Diabetes, Fevers

What is the cause for low fever?

low grade infection.
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Fevers

Is spring fever a real illness?

A feeling of restlessness, excitement, or laziness brought on by the coming of spring. (see wikipedia.) An old term as evidenced by the movie names of that title in the early 1900's. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Nutrition, Fevers

Is the saying 'starve a fever and feed a cold' true?

It is a misunderstanding that most assume this refers to eating and/or drinking. In actuality this phrase concerns temperatures. To 'Starve a Cold' means to get away from the most common cause of colds, cold weather, and stay warm. To 'Feed a Fever' you are trying to break the fever into a sweat, by getting warmer. The correct term is "Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever" and it means the same thing in both cases, bundle up and stay warm. Another take, based...
Asked in Health, Cold and Flu, Temperature, Fevers

Can you catch a cold by being hot and cold?

No. Drastic changes in weather conditions can wreak havoc on one's immune system only if the exposure causes hypothermia (by the medical definition of severely reduced core body temperature), not just feeling cold. You catch a cold by being exposed to someone who already has a cold and sneezes or coughs near you, or shakes your hand, or from your touching them or objects they have touched, or any method of transferring the viruses from their body to yours. See the related question...
Asked in Health, Conditions and Diseases, Fevers

How high is your fever?

The normal body temperature is 98.6