A fever is when your body temperature is higher than normal, i.e. 37°C.
It is caused by infections or other illnesses like flu, overheating, or dehydration.
When you have a fever, you may also experience a hot, flushed face, headache, loss of appetite, body aches, shivering, sweating or weakness.
Use a thermometer to take your temperature
If your fever is less than 38°C, just rest and drink plenty of fluids. There is no need to take medicine.
If you feel uncomfortable, consult your neighbourhood pharmacist about over the counter medication like Aspirin (not recommended for children) or Ibuprofen.
Take a cold shower to lower your body temperature
Your fever is 38°C and above
Your fever lasts more than 3 days
You are pregnant
You have recently returned from overseas
You also have chronic conditions like asthma, cough, diabetes and pain when passing urine.
Difficulty in breathing (especially in children)
Coughing with blood
Fits or seizures, e.g. your body is shaking spasmodically, or becomes rigid with arches back, clenched jaw, and eyes rolling upwards.
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