For cancer patients, there’s one symptom that indisputably requires a trip to the hospital: fever. Find out why from an emergency medicine director and a hematologist-oncologist.
What’s a “normal” human body temperature? That’s a little more complicated than you might think. A family medicine physician explains what can cause temperature fluctuations, and when they’re cause for concern.
How high is too high for your kid’s fever? Our expert explains when a fever is serious.
A fever of 101 degrees or higher is commonly associated with the flu. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s actually part of the body’s immune response. Fluids and anti-inflammatory medicines can help you stay comfortable.
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Does a fever always mean your child is seriously ill? Not necessarily, says pediatrician David Hornick, MD. “Many parents think a fever is caused directly by a virus or bacteria, but it’s actually caused by your child’s immune system fighting the germ,” he says. Germs don’t like higher temperatures. That’s why your body will send … Read More
A fever may not send most people to the doctor’s office. But for a cancer patient, fever, along with weakness and pain, could signal an infection – and may prompt a visit to the emergency room. When a person’s immune system is compromised because of cancer and its treatments, it’s harder to rebound, even from … Read More
When a fever leads to a seizure, it’s called a febrile seizure. This type of seizure isn’t epilepsy, but here’s what parents need to know.