Fever, Adult

ExitCare ImageA fever is a temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or above.


  • Take fever medicine as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin for fever if you are younger than 19 years of age.

  • If you are given antibiotic medicine, take it as told. Finish the medicine even if you start to feel better.

  • Rest.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow. Do not drink alcohol.

  • Take a bath or shower with room temperature water. Do not use ice water or alcohol sponge baths.

  • Wear lightweight, loose clothes.


  • You are short of breath or have trouble breathing.

  • You are very weak.

  • You are dizzy or you pass out (faint).

  • You are very thirsty or are making little or no urine.

  • You have new pain.

  • You throw up (vomit) or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You keep throwing up or having watery poop for more than 1 to 2 days.

  • You have a stiff neck or light bothers your eyes.

  • You have a skin rash.

  • You have a fever or problems (symptoms) that last for more than 2 to 3 days.

  • You have a fever and your problems quickly get worse.

  • You keep throwing up the fluids you drink.

  • You do not feel better after 3 days.

  • You have new problems.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.