What to do when fever is 104°F?

Last Updated on March 9, 2023 by Shabnam Sengupta

Normal body temperature ranges from 97.5°F to 98.9°F (36.4°C to 37.2°C). It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening. Most healthcare providers consider a fever to be 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. In this article, we will discuss when a fever is considered high, and the steps to taken when the fever rises to 104°F. 

When is a fever considered to be high?

If your body is fighting an infection, a high fever may occur. However, the high temperature can harm your health if not managed properly. Typically, a fever is classified as high when it reaches or exceeds 103°F (39.4°C). If you’re over 65 or immunocompromised, you must consult a doctor if your fever reaches 101°.

If your body temperature rises above this level, you may experience symptoms such as headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and dehydration. In severe cases, a high fever may result in seizures, delirium, or even death.

What steps should be taken when the fever rises to 104°F?

To avoid potential harm, it’s crucial to monitor your temperature and take measures to decrease it if it’s too high. Additionally, seek medical attention if you have a persistent high fever or encounter other symptoms like difficulty breathing or chest pain. Your doctor may conduct tests to diagnose the underlying cause of your fever and provide suitable treatment.

If your fever is above 104°F (40°C), it’s important to take action to reduce it quickly. This is because high fever can be dangerous if left untreated. Here are some steps you can take to treat a high fever:

  1. Take fever-reducing medication: Over-the-counter drugs like paracetamol or acetaminophen, or ibuprofen can help lower a fever. Follow the recommended dosage on the packaging, and do not take more than the recommended amount.
  2. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids can help prevent dehydration and reduce fever symptoms.
  3. Bathing with lukewarm water:  Lukewarm bath can help reduce a fever and relax the patient. Avoid using ice or cold water, which can cause shivering and raise your body temperature.
  4. Rest: Get plenty of rest and avoid overexerting yourself. Resting can help your body fight off the infection causing the fever.
  5. Seek medical attention: If your fever persists or if you experience other symptoms like breathlessness, chest pain, etc., seek medical attention immediately.

Fever is a sign that of your body fighting off an infection. It may be beneficial to let the fever run its course without treatment in some cases. However, if your fever is persistently high or causing significant discomfort, the steps listed above can help provide some relief.

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