Must Read Articles:
Understanding Allergy and Hay Fever MedicationsThere are many types of medications available to combat the symptoms of allergies and hay fever. The types of medications include antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec), decongestants (Sudafed), anticholinergic nasal sprays (Atrovent), corticosteroid nasal sprays (Flonase, Nasonex), antiallergy eyedrops (Patanol), leukotriene inhibitors (Singulair), and mast cell inhibitors (Nasalcrom).
Can Migraines Cause Fever and ChillsA migraine headache causes symptoms such as severe head pain and sensitivity to light, sound, or smells. Migraines do not, however, cause a fever or chills. Fever and chills may be red flags of another condition if accompanied by other signs such as night sweats, weight loss, or a sudden "thunderclap" headache. If these symptoms occur, you should see a doctor immediately.
Can Scarlet Fever Go Away on Its OwnWhile scarlet fever can go away on its own, the illness can lead to complications including a serious disease called acute rheumatic fever which can damage the heart, so antibiotic treatment is recommended. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that causes a red rash and often a sore throat. Scarlet fever is caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat.
Can You Have a Fever with AllergiesAllergic reactions do not cause a fever. If you have allergy symptoms and a fever, you may have another condition such as bacterial or viral infection, extreme sunburn, heat exhaustion or heat stroke, or an inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. See a doctor if you have allergy symptoms along with fever. Sudden, severe, widespread symptoms due to allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) are potentially life-threatening and require emergency care.
Hay Fever vs ColdHay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is another term for allergies, caused by an immune overreaction to pollen and other allergens in the air. The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus that usually affects the nose but may also affect the throat, sinuses, Eustachian tubes, trachea, larynx, and bronchial tubes - but not the lungs.
Mild HeadacheWhat causes headaches? Even when mild, headaches can be a cause for concern. Learn about potential causes, types, home remedies, and treatment.
Flu in AdultsInfluenza (flu) is an upper respiratory infection. Learn about symptoms of the flu vs. cold vs. COVID-19, treatment options, and how the flu shot can provide protection from infection.
Is 99.9 a FeverNormal temperatures can vary throughout the day (lower temperatures in the early morning and higher temperatures in the late afternoon). A temperature of 99.9° F (in the armpit) would be considered a fever only in babies under one year. A core (rectal) body temperature of 100.4° F (38.0° C) or higher in adults, and 99° F (37.2° C) (armpit) or 100.4° F (38° C) (rectal) in babies under one year is considered a fever.
Sore ThroatSore throats are generally named for the anatomical site affected, such as: the pharynx, tonsils, adenoids, larynx, and epiglottis. Sore throat treatment depends on the cause, infection, viral, or fungal.
Strep ThroatStrep throat is a contagious disease caused by bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the back of the throat. Learn about symptoms and treatment.
Vomiting and NauseaThe many causes of vomiting and nausea include food poisoning, viruses, vertigo, head injuries, gallbladder disease, appendicitis, migraine, brain tumors, and infections. Learn about home remedies and treatment.
What Is Considered a Real FeverA fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature. A fever is not an illness in itself, but a sign the body is fighting an infection. Fever is often defined as a core (rectal) body temperature of 100.4° F (38.0° C) or greater in adults and 99°F (37.2°C) (armpit) or 100.4°F (38°C) (rectal) in babies under one year. A fever usually isn't a concern unless it is 103° F (39.4° C) or higher.
Expert Views and News
- NYC Doctor Diagnosed With Ebola
- Childhood Arthritis: Aggressive Treatment Better?
- West Nile Up 35%, but CDC Says Peak Has Passed
- New Vaccine Offers Some Protection Against Dengue
- Third Death in Yosemite Hantavirus Outbreak
- Plague FAQ
- Beyond Statistics: 2 Faces of West Nile Virus
- New Tick-Borne Disease: 'Heartland Virus'
- West Nile Virus Cases Continue to Climb
- Hantavirus FAQ
- West Nile Virus: Who's at Risk?
- West Nile Outbreak on Track to be Worst Ever
- Deaths in Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Cantaloupe
- Combo Vaccine May Raise Babies' Risk for Fever-Caused Seizures
- Germ-Infected Mosquitoes Can't Spread Dengue
- FDA OKs Test for Dengue Fever
- Flu: Most People With It Don't Stay Home
Fever in Adults Topic Guide - Visuals
Slideshows, Pictures, Images, and Quizzes:
Fever in Adults Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and a fever reducer...learn more »
Acetaminophen is used to reduce fever and relieve minor pain caused by conditions such as colds or flu, headache, muscle aches, arthritis, and menstrual cram...learn more »