Fever in Adults Directory
The average body temperature is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes your body temperature rises due to exercise, a warm bath, or other factors. Your body will also raise its temperature when it needs to fight infection. High fevers can be caused by illness such as the flu or pneumonia and usually return to normal temperature in a short time. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a fever is contracted, how to treat it, and more.
What Is Valley Fever? What Causes It?
Valley fever’s symptoms start out much like those of the flu. But this illness comes from a fungus that lives in the soil, and a few cases are serious.
Colds and Flu: Safe Fever and Pain Relief
Learn more from WebMD about how to safely use over-the-counter medications for fever and pain relief when you have a cold or the flu.
Treatment for Fever in Adults
When does a fever in adults require medical attention? WebMD tells you what symptoms to look for and how to bring down a temperature.
High Temperature? Find Out What Causes a Fever
What is a fever and when should you call the doctor? Learn more from WebMD about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for a fever.
OTC Pain Relief: Acetaminophen
Taking acetaminophen for fever or pain relief is generally safe and effective. But it can be harmful if not taken correctly. Know the benefits and risks of acetaminophen and how to use it safely.
Pepper and Soap Trick Teaches Kids to Wash Hands
A pre-K teacher in Miami found a unique way to help her students learn about the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
A Physician’s Experience Contracting COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Sharon Amaya, wasn’t on the front lines when she began to experience the telltale signs of COVID-19, but she explains how her role as an emergency medicine physician informs how she approaches this virus, from quarantining early on to recovery.
Heart Disease and COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Mitchell Elkind, speaks with WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte on what people with heart disease need to know.
COVID-19 Video on What Not to Do
Should you visit your doctor if you experience coronavirus symptoms? What about wearing masks? Here are a few constructive approaches to get through this pandemic.
What Is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a strain of coronavirus that was first found in humans in 2019.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever: early Erythematous and hemorrhagic macules and papules appeared initially on the wrists of a young child.
Picture of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This disease is caused by Rickettsia rickettsii and is transmitted by a number of different ticks. Despite its geographical title, Rocky Mountain spotted fever is present in many locations throughout the United States and the entire Western Hemisphere. After infection by tick bite, there is an incubation period of 2–14 days. The abrupt onset of the disease includes severe headache, fever, chills, arthralgia, and myalgia. After 2–3 days of these constitutional symptoms, erythematous macules erupt on the wrists, hands, forearms,legs, and ankles, as seen in these figures. Lesions then spread to the palms and soles and the trunk. The macules originally blanch with pressure but soon become purpuric and even necrotic. The disease causes a severe vasculitis and complications include disseminated intravascular coagulation, hemorrhage into the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, and cardiovascular collapse.
Picture of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on Ankles
Rocky Mountain spotted fever: early Erythematous and hemorrhagic macules and papules appeared initially on the ankles of an adolescent.
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