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Alternative Names Elevated temperature; Hyperthermia; Pyrexia Home Care A simple cold or other viral infection can sometimes cause a high fever (102 - 104 F, or 38.9 - 40 C). This does not usually mean you or your child have a serious problem. Some serious infections may cause no fever or even a very low body temperature, especially in infants. If the fever is mild and you have no other problems, you do not need treatment. Drink fluids and rest. The illness is probably not serious if your child: Is still interested in playing Is eating and drinking well Is alert and smiling at you Has a normal skin color Looks well when their temperature comes down Take steps to lower a fever if you or your child is uncomfortable, vomiting, dried out (dehydrated), or not sleeping well. Remember, the goal is to lower, not eliminate, the fever. When trying to lower a fever: Do NOT bundle up someone who has the chills. Remove excess clothing or blankets. The room should be comfortable, not too hot or cool. Try one lay...
Alternative Names Query fever Symptoms It usually takes about 20 days after exposure to the bacteria for symptoms to occur. Most cases are mild, yet some severe cases have been reported. Symptoms of acute Q fever may include: Chest pain with breathing Clay-colored stools Cough Fever Headache Jaundice Muscle pains Rash (not common) Shortness of breath Symptoms of chronic Q fever may include: Chills Fatigue Night sweats Prolonged fever Shortness of breath Signs and tests The health care provider will suspect Q fever in people who have been exposed to the Coxiella burnetii bacteria who develop: Endocarditis Flu-like symptoms Hepatitis Pneumonia Q fever is diagnosed with a blood antibody test ( serology ).
When someone sneezes we usually say, “Bless you” but when you hear a bellowing cough your instincts are to run away. The suffering cougher goes unblessed and often feels isolated as people flee for cover hoping not to inhale any aerosolized infectious particles. Such defense mechanisms are not looked down upon in today’s era of germ avoidance, but what defense does the cougher have against the seemingly never ending cough?
The role and effectiveness of cough suppressants will be a topic to revisit on another day. More importantly, the cause of prolonged coughing should be identified. Let’s first discuss the difference between acute and chronic cough.
An acute cough generally goes away within three to four weeks for a child and within eight weeks for an adult. There are many causes of acute cough but the most common one is the common cold. Other causes include sinus infections, flu syndrome, other upper respiratory infections and ear i...
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