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Fever Symptoms in Adults

Fever Symptoms in Adults

Fever Symptoms in Adults

Fever Symptoms in Adults

You feel like you’re freezing to death and the thermometer is beeping wildly. You’ve got the latest bug of the season and now you’ve got a fever to boot. Fevers can make people of all ages feel miserable. In most cases a fever is a signal of illness within the body and warrants further investigation.

Mild fevers may result from common viruses or the common cold in some cases. However, high fevers, those over 101 may be cause for concern. Read on to learn about adult fever and when to see a doctor or seek emergency treatment.

Fever Symptoms in Adults:

Adult fever symptoms can be quite uncomfortable and may make you feel worse than the actual illness itself.

With chills, aches, and fatigue there’s not much else to do except lie in bed while waiting to feel better.

Below are some common Fever Symptoms in Adults:

  • Elevated temperature above 100.3
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea or nausea (rare)
  • Fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Sleeping poorly
  • Restlessness or agitation (more common in the elderly)
  • Mild aches or muscle pain
  • Dizziness in high fever
  • Decreased appetite

Home Treatment of Adult Fever:

Adult fever symptoms are most often treated with home treatment alone with no need for emergency care or a doctor’s care. If your fever is less than 102 and you have been ill less than two days, home treatment may be appropriate. It’s important to keep a close eye on the elderly adult though to prevent dehydration during fevers. Symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, sunken eyes, and decreased urine output in most individuals. To prevent dehydration in the elderly keep plenty of liquids within easy reach to promote good hydration throughout the day. Also try these home remedies for some quick relief:

  • Lukewarm baths or cool showers may provide some relief
  • Keep clothing and blankets light
  • Drink plenty of fluids, including soups or broths if your appetite has decreased
  • Try over the counter fever reducers such as Tylenol or Motrin for quick fever reduction and relief from aches or pains
  • In some cases, it might be better to try a tepid sponge bath to reduce temperature
  • Rest and try to avoid becoming overly warm
  • Eating lightly may also help to ease nausea or diarrhea as well

It’s important to remember that there’s no need to wrap anyone in heavy blankets to “break” a fever. This may cause severe consequences and negative outcomes to the patient. Of course shivering can also increase the fever as the body temperature rises from the effects of shivering. So keep on light comfortable clothing and a blanket or light sheet for comfort. This will reduce the fever and help you to rest easily as you recover from your illness.

When to See the Doctor or Seek Emergency Treatment:

In adults, fever often resolves on its own or with the treatment of underlying infections. If you’ve had a fever for more than two days or your fever is over 103 degrees Fahrenheit then it’s time to see the doctor. In fact adults with fevers over 103 should seek emergency medical treatment to prevent dehydration, seizures, or other complications from occurring.

Although most fevers do not reach this level those resulting from influenza, Lyme disease, or meningitis and other conditions may cause extremely high fevers which warrant rapid medical treatment for the best outcomes. If you’ve recently undergone a surgical procedure, your fever might be indicative of a variety of underlying causes. In this case, it is highly recommended that you seek urgent medical care to prevent further complications.

Hopefully the home treatments above will help you to get some rest and relief. Remember to watch for signs of dehydration in the elderly and keep clothing light while feverish. If your fever lasts longer than two days or goes above 103 you should seek medical treatment. Adults experiencing fevers above 103 or fever with stiff neck and rash should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.



  1. have 101 temperature at 76 yrts ods with flem coughing brown flem.edo I have a flu?

  2. Linda Friedman says

    I had a male friend visiting. About 2am I realized he was running a fever and it was quite high. His body was very hot. I had nothing to check and see exactly how high it was. I watched over him and at some point I tried to get him to talk and he almost gurgled and said this happened to him a long time ago and then fell asleep once again. He slept almost 24 hours getting up to go to the bathroom and I was able to get Tylenol into him in the morning. His fever broke about 7pm the next day. He appeared fine. He drove home and today told me that he had a fever again last night, but didn’t think it was that high. What could cause something like this. I am very concerned since he is a diabetic on insulin and a few years ago lost all his toes to the disease. He recently came back from a trip to Utah–he lives in SC. Any thoughts?

  3. Regina Garro says

    My husband is 69. He was hospitalized in the beginning of June with a fever of101.6. He dad a UTI . He now has a fever again after 3 weeks. His fever last night was 101. Could this still be from his infection? Should we go bCk to the hospital?

  4. Levoris Macon says

    I am 78 years old.
    I have a temp of 1.8 is that 100.8 and is that considered a dangerous fever

  5. Deepak Kumar Saxena says

    My mom’s fever is 102.3 which medicine is treating…

  6. I have never had a fever, even when very sick, chicken pox, strep throat or flu like. There have been times when I have felt horrible but when I call the doctor they ask if I have a fever. I always explain no but I never had. I do not know if this is good or bad. How do know when I should be concerned? My daughter is the same.

  7. Cindy Schmidler says

    We hear and understand your concern. The best course of action for you will be to consult a healthcare person–whether it be an urgent care clinic or a doctor’s office. They will likely encourage you to stop using.

  8. TINA LEBLANC says

    I’ve been running fever off and on for about a week now. All of a sudden type thing.I’ve also thrown upa couple time’s bit that was all and another thing my stomach hurtslike cramping i did deficate but i don’t think nearly enough to say it was enough ya know im a user but don’t use other’s ihave my own I’ve been an addict for a long time to know it’s not cotton fever my fever only got to 103.7 once then its off and on now no hiher than 101.9 please help as u kmow why i don’t want to go see a doctor..

  9. Bill Romans says

    My wife was fine most of the day but at night she developed the chills fatigue and high fever with aches what would cause that

  10. Questial Sanchez says

    Does anyone know what this bug is?

  11. For a week and a half I have had a fever only at night it is only chills then neck and joint pain temp around 100.7 but only at night then in the morning I feel better??

  12. I am a male 72.very active.all of a sudden my body became weak fever no appetite or energy i have been takjng aspirin ibpropen nothing works .its 7 days now.i need to get to a doctor 6 hohrs away i was hoping it was abug and would pass feels like i am running on 60% can someone give me some imput

  13. I am 65 year female ,I started out with fever of 100.8 , after a day and taking Nyqil for night time relief it is now at 103.9, ,I don’t feel congested. ,but my throat hurts ??Also take Norco 10/325 every six hrs

  14. How can i control fever remedies for babies?

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