ok i just got over having a fever of about 101-102 for the past 2 days and the skin on my back is REALLY sensitive. even having my shirt rub on it makes it feel like i have a sun burn. is that normal after having a fever?
How much fever are you having - that is how much is it on the thermometer? Are you having it throughout the day? Do you have any other asociated symptoms of cough, breathlesnes, weaknes, joint pains, stomach aches, burng while urination etc? Since when are you having the fever?
When trying to reduce a fever:
* Do NOT bundle up someone who has the chills.
* Remove excess clothing or blankets. The environment should be comfortably cool. For example, one layer of lightweight clothing, and one lightweight blanket to sleep. If the room is hot or stuffy, a fan may help.
* A lukewarm bath or sponge bath may help cool someone with a fever. This is especially effective after medication is given -- otherwise the temperature might bounce right back up.
* Do NOT use cold baths or alcohol rubs. These cool the skin, but often make the situation worse by causing shivering, which raises the core body temperature.
* Drink cool liquids, as tolerated.
Here are some guidelines for taking medicine:
* Acetaminophen and ibuprofen help reduce fever in children and adults.
* Take acetaminophen every 4 - 6 hours. It works by turning down the brain's thermostat. Take ibuprofen every 6 - 8 hours. Like aspirin, it helps fight inflammation at the source of the fever.
* Aspirin is very effective for treating fever in adults. Do NOT give aspirin to children unless specifically directed by your doctor.
* Fever medicines come in different concentrations, so always check the instructions on the package.
* Don't use any medicine to reduce fever in children under 3 months of age without first contacting a health care provider.
If someone has heat exhaustion or heat stroke, remove the person from the warm area. Sponge the person with tepid water. Place ice packs in the armpits, behind the neck, and in the groin. Give fluids if the person is alert. Seek medical attention. If heat illness is causing the fever, medicines may not lower the body temperature and may even be harmful.
The best way to prevent fevers is to reduce your exposure to infectious diseases. One of the most effective ways to do that is also one of the simplest — frequent hand washing.
Fever is a common symptom of many medical conditions:
* Infectious disease, e.g. influenza, common cold, HIV, malaria, infectious mononucleosis, or gastroenteritis
* Various skin inflammations, e.g. boils, pimples, acne, or abscess
* Immunological diseases, e.g. lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel diseases
* Tissue destruction, which can occur in hemolysis, surgery, infarction, crush syndrome, rhabdomyolysis, cerebral hemorrhage, etc.
* Drug fever
o directly caused by the drug, e.g. lamictal, progesterone, or chemotherapeutics causing tumor necrosis
o as an adverse reaction to drugs, e.g. antibiotics or sulfa drugs.
o after drug discontinuation, e.g. heroin or fentanyl withdrawal
* Cancers, most commonly renal cancer and leukemia and lymphomas
* Metabolic disorders, e.g. gout or porphyria
* Thrombo-embolic processes, e.g. pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis
Has a chest xray, urine examination been done? Let us know about any other information that you might need and post us about how you are doing.
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