A fever is a temperature of 100.4 F degrees and higher.
The body has several ways to maintain normal body temperature. The organs involved in helping with temperature regulation include the brain, skin, muscle, and blood vessels. The body responds to changes in temperature by:
- increasing or decreasing sweat production.
- moving blood away from, or closer to, the surface of the skin.
- getting rid of, or holding on to, water in the body.
- naturally wanting to seek a cooler or warmer environment.
Treatment for fever varies and also depends on if there are additional ailments. To bring down a fever, some recommend switching between ibuprofen and acetaminophen; however, they may not always bring the temperature back to normal.
If you or your child has a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees (F), you should call or visit one of our conveniently located clinics to seek medical attention.