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What to do for a fever??

post #1 of 25
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DH is sick. This morning, I was lying against him, and his entire body was burning up. It feels like he's been lying in the sun for hours. His ear temperature is 101.9, and during the night he had chills and felt like his heart was racing.

I've been sick the last few days, and he started feeling a bit rundown last night, but I didn't have a fever at all.

Do we need to see a doctor if he has a fever? Does he just rest and drink lots of water? I have no idea what to do for an adult fever.
post #2 of 25
I would say he should go to the Dr's. A fever says there is an infection being fought inside the body so he might need antibiotics. I pray he feels better soon! Hope you are doing better.
BTW, yes he should rest and drink plenty of fluids.
post #3 of 25
Rest and lots of water. Personally, I wouldn't go to the doc for a fever of that temp, but it would depend on what, if any, other symptoms he has. I would just take aspirin or tylenol, and drink LOTS of fluids.

Fever is actually a useful function of the body You just don't want it to get too high.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by AlleyGirl View Post
Rest and lots of water. Personally, I wouldn't go to the doc for a fever of that temp, but it would depend on what, if any, other symptoms he has. I would just take aspirin or tylenol, and drink LOTS of fluids.

Fever is actually a useful function of the body You just don't want it to get too high.


Exactly. A fever is actually a GOOD thing because it shows that your immune system is doing its job. It does NOT automatically indicate a need for antibiotics, because if the infection isn't bacterial, then antibiotics will only provide a psychological benefit and no real healing benefit.
post #5 of 25
I don't think a Dr is needed for that temp... closer to 105 and I worry...

post #6 of 25
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Thanks guys. I did some more googling and finally found information for fevers in adults (it's mostly aimed at fevers in children). It says in adults, to see a doctor once a fever gets over 103, so I'll just monitor it.
post #7 of 25
tylenol, rest vitamin c
post #8 of 25
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I just realised why I worried so much to begin with. He's not complaining. Whenever DH is sick, he whinges and complains and moans about how sick he is. At the moment, he's just listless and in bed, not complaining at all. So not like him.
post #9 of 25
Definitely paracetamol, plenty of rest and lots of fluids - orange juice and water are the favourites Sometimes it can help to have a damp cloth on your forehead too - just to feel like you're cooling off a bit. Tell him to get well soon
post #10 of 25
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Exactly. A fever is actually a GOOD thing because it shows that your immune system is doing its job. It does NOT automatically indicate a need for antibiotics, because if the infection isn't bacterial, then antibiotics will only provide a psychological benefit and no real healing benefit.
I agree. Maybe DH is not complaining because he is just resting.
post #11 of 25
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I agree. Maybe DH is not complaining because he is just resting.
That doesn't stop him normally You know what men are like when they're sick....
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
DH is sick. This morning, I was lying against him, and his entire body was burning up. It feels like he's been lying in the sun for hours. His ear temperature is 101.9, and during the night he had chills and felt like his heart was racing.

I've been sick the last few days, and he started feeling a bit rundown last night, but I didn't have a fever at all.

Do we need to see a doctor if he has a fever? Does he just rest and drink lots of water? I have no idea what to do for an adult fever.
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post


Exactly. A fever is actually a GOOD thing because it shows that your immune system is doing its job. It does NOT automatically indicate a need for antibiotics, because if the infection isn't bacterial, then antibiotics will only provide a psychological benefit and no real healing benefit.


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That doesn't stop him normally You know what men are like when they're sick....
They're JUST like babies! They whine, cry and throw fits when they don't get thier way
post #13 of 25
It sounds like he might have the flu. Sometimes things like that, just have to run their course, and it will get better. I've always heard aspirins or Tylenol are good for fevers. The best thing would be to make him break into a sweat, because that usually means the fever is breaking. However a fever of 101 isn't that big, yet.
post #14 of 25
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It sounds like he might have the flu. Sometimes things like that, just have to run their course, and it will get better. I've always heard aspirins or Tylenol are good for fevers. The best thing would be to make him break into a sweat, because that usually means the fever is breaking. However a fever of 101 isn't that big, yet.
keep an eye on that fever and keep him hydrated. Not much you can do otherwise...my mom's recipe was always tylenol and orange juice. Here's some get well
post #15 of 25
From what I have read the CDC guessed wrong on the flu shot vaccine this year. The flu is coming here in Wisconsin much later than normal and isn't expected to peak for a couple of weeks. Did he get a flu shot????

Just keep him as comfy as possible, besides water, juice buy some popsicles.
post #16 of 25
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I've been keeping him dosed up with OJ and water, and just got a sandwich into him. His temperature is up a bit more to 102.3 now. I just go near him, and can feel the heat radiating off his skin. Poor thing.
post #17 of 25
If you can get him to sweat the fever will break.
post #18 of 25
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If you can get him to sweat the fever will break.
How?!?! I was sweating just being in the bedroom. It's warm up there, and he's in track pants, and under the blankets...

We're going to the doctor in a bit over an hour because he's either got, or developing, a chest infection.
post #19 of 25
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How?!?! I was sweating just being in the bedroom. It's warm up there, and he's in track pants, and under the blankets...

We're going to the doctor in a bit over an hour because he's either got, or developing, a chest infection.
How about a shot of whiskey in tea and put him under tons of blankets. His fever should peak then.
post #20 of 25
My mother was a nurse, and one thing my mother did for us, as children, was if we had a really high fever, that wouldn't break, she would give us luke warm water bath's which usually cool the body down. I remember going through those a few times, and when you have a high fever, it feels like you have been placed in ice water, but it really works as far as making the temperature go down.
post #21 of 25
Tamiflu is working well on the flu strain A. But it has to be started within the first 24 hrs of symptoms appearing. we had some kid test positive for it, get treated with tamiflu and be back at school in 48-72 hours - looking good, not pushed back to school y parents.

Hydration is the major issue.
post #22 of 25
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His temperature is still at 101. I was sure it would have broken by now
post #23 of 25
I agree that fever is a good thing. Viruses can't live through heat, so his body is fighting them off. The fever makes you feel miserable, yes, but if you continually take meds to reduce the fever, you will be sick for a lot longer.

I recommend lots of water, when he's tired of it or it doesn't taste good, add a splash or two or white grape or apple juice to add some sweetness. Water helps your body manage the fever, and you need water for your body to be able to get back to normal temps. Sometimes people will drink more liquids if you give them a straw.

If the fever gets too high, take his blankets and pajamas off and let him cover with only a top sheet. Turn the heater off and open a window if necessary to get the room cool. You can give him a warm (not hot) wet cloth for his head. The warm cloth will open up the pores and allow heat to escape through his skin. (Don't use cold since that will have the opposite effect.)

Don't push food; juices and smoothies are good and will keep his body fueled. If you make the smoothies, add protein powder and vit C powder if you want. Sweeten with concentrated apple juice; don't let him eat refined sugar since it suppresses immune function.

I've gathered this info from doctors and two trips to the emergency room with a kid whose fever likes to spike to 104 and above and won't respond to meds.

I just listed all the stuff here; I'm not implying that you aren't doing it already. Just an info dump. Hope he's better soon!
post #24 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I appreciate the advice! I'm worrying like mad about my husband having a fever, just imagine what I'll be like when my kids are sick...
post #25 of 25
hahah I dread to think hun!! At least you know you're getting in some good practise at worrying properly - you're going to be extra good at it when you have kids!
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