Managing a Fever

A fever is a short-term increase in the body’s normal temperature, which is usually 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. It occurs when an area in the brain called the hypothalamus sends signals to increase the body’s temperature. A fever may be caused by a virus, a bacterial infection, or an inflammatory condition. Symptoms of a fever may include a temperature above normal range, sweating, shivering, muscle aches, hallucinations, and dehydration.

Medications that lower the body’s temperature or treat infections may be used to manage a fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil) help to decrease body temperature. Side effects of acetaminophen may include itching or redness. Side effects of ibuprofen may include an upset stomach. If a fever is caused by a bacterial infection, an antibiotic such as amoxicillin (Amoxil) may be chosen by a healthcare professional. Antibiotics work to kill the bacteria causing the fever. Side effects of amoxicillin include upset stomach