FEVER

A fever is when your body temperature is higher than normal, i.e. 37°C.

 

It is caused by infections or other illnesses like flu, overheating or dehydration.

 

When you have a fever, you may also experience a hot, flushed face, headache, loss of appetite, body aches, shivering, sweating or weakness.

 

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

  • Use a thermometer to take your temperature
  • If your fever is less than 38°C, just rest and drink plenty of fluids. There is no need to take medicine.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, consult your neighbourhood pharmacist about over-the-counter medications like Aspirin (not recommended for children) or Ibuprofen.

 

SEE YOUR GP IF:

  • your fever is 38°C and above
  • your fever lasts more than 3 days
  • you are pregnant
  • you have recently returned from overseas
  • you also have chronic conditions like asthma, cough, diabetes and pain when passing urine

 

GO TO THE A&E IF YOU HAVE:

  • difficulty in breathing (especially in children)
  • chest pain
  • severe headache
  • coughing with blood
  • fits or seizures, e.g. your body is shaking spasmodically, or becomes rigid with arched back, clenched jaw and eyes rolling upwards