Fever Overview

A fever is a high body temperature and can be caused by hundreds of different conditions. The most common causes are a respiratory viral infection such as the common cold, flu, etc., or a form of viral gastroenteritis. These types of fever usually resolve with symptomatic treatments over a few days. Take care to watch for complications from fever (e.g. dehydration, ear infection, febrile convulsions, etc.). There are also many more serious causes of fever, and a full diagnosis should be confirmed by a doctor. High fever can also become very serious, especially in young children, and can be a medical emergency.

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