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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 05:40 AM
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Fever: How high is dangerous?
My fiancee has had a fever since last night, between 102.4-102.9. He was throwing up all liquids, but now seems able to keep down water. As far as the fever goes, at what temp do I take him to the hospital? He has no other symptoms, and is fully coherent. No headache, stiffness, etc.

He's a generally healthy person, I think it's just a bug (I hope)

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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 05:49 AM
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1. In the absence of other symptoms...
...his temperature of 102.4-102.9 is probably not dangerous. If he's uncomfortable, give him Motrin or Tylenol. In fact, those two medications can be given together in an initial dose. Then re-medicate with Tylenol no more frequently than every four hours and Motrin no more frequently than every six to eight hours.

Ice chips will stay down the best of all liquids. When he can tolerate food, administer the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (dry).
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 05:57 AM
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4. Sounds good
I just bought a big bag of ice last night, and I'll run out to the store for some meds. Thanks for the advice!
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 05:50 AM
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2. Mine are often 103+
Taking him to the hospital is overkill, unless he has a chronic illness, is seriously dehydrated, is unconscious, etc. He could stand to be seen by an after-hours clinic.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 05:56 AM
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3. I'm just a hypochondriac
Edited on Sat Aug-30-03 05:56 AM by bicentennial_baby
and it carries over to my loved ones... He's resting right now, so I won't take his temp for a while.
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 06:10 AM
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5. generally, 103
OR any seizure (even if he normally gets seizures due to another condition, such as epilepsy). febrile seizure means take him to the emergency room.

OR if it lasts more than 24 hours.

in the meanwhile, he should drink as much water as you can. sucking ice chips is often the easiest, and it cools as well.

controlling the fever with aspirin, e.g., may make him more comfortable, but personally, i prefer to let a fever run its course. fever has a purpose, it's usually a body's way of creating a more hostile environment for some invading bug. so i figure, who's side am i on?

but, as i said, if it gets over 103, off to hospital he goes.


disclaimer: once upon i time, i was an emt. now i just suffer from male answer syndrome.
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Cheswick2.0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 06:15 AM
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6. 103 is where the enzymes begin to denature
and can kill you. Enzymes are nessesary for all body fuctions.

Fever of 103 F - 106 F can lead to hallucinations, delirium, permanent organ and tissue damage, death!
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 08:20 AM
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11. Yup... adults shouldn't get 103 temps
in fact if it stays above 102 too long...call his doctor.
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 07:33 AM
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7. Even if the fever is low grade
he should go see a doctor if it lasts more than a couple of days because then it might be a sign of infection and antibiotics could be warranted. Hope he feels better and LOTS of liquids so he doesn't get dehydrated.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 07:47 AM
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8. Thanks all!
From 102.9 at 5 am to 101.3 at 8:30. He's keeping down water and ice chips, and took an extra strength Tylenol, which has stayed down thus far. He also took a cool shower and is resting comfortably. Hopefully he's on the mend, but we will go to a doctor if the fever goes too high or keeps up past the weekend.

Thanks for all the great DU advice!! :hi:
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 08:02 AM
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10. Soaking in a tub of tepid
water helps and remember do not cover him up if he feels chilled but do not let him shiver either. Fevers are good to a point. Be sure he stays hydrated. Poor guy.
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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 07:49 AM
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9. For an adult male, that's not good
if it goes higher or lasts much longer he should see a doctor asap.
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ForrestGump Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-30-03 08:51 AM
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12. I had a 102-104F fever for two weeks
I was delirious most of the time. I am, apparently, hard to kill. :-)

Not recommended, though.
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