Normal body temperature is about 98.6 degrees. When your body temperature is 100 degrees or higher you have a fever. Body temperature is lowest in the morning and highest in the evening. Keep a thermometer in your room or apartment to monitor your temperature.
Fever is generally caused by viral or bacterial illness. Fever will help fight infection by increasing blood flow.
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take a tepid bath
- Rest, avoid exercise
- Don’t put on layers of clothing or blankets
- If your fever is under 101 degrees, you do not need to treat it
- If your fever is over 101 degrees, and you are uncomfortable, take Tylenol or ibuprofen
- If you have other symptoms with your fever and it lasts for 3 or more days, see your healthcare provider