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Fever


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.

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

  • 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

SEE YOUR GP IF:

  • 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.

GO TO THE A&E IF YOU HAVE:

  • Difficulty in breathing (especially in children)

  • Chest pain

  • Severe headache

  • 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.