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