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Can a fever or infection cause hallucinations?

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Hallucinations are when you see, feel, hear, smell, or taste things that aren’t there. Auditory hallucinations make you hear voices or sounds. Visual hallucinations make you see imaginary objects, or see real objects differently. Olfactory hallucinations cause odors that only you can smell, and tactile hallucinations can make it seem like your skin is crawling with bugs. Gustatory hallucinations give you strange tastes in your mouth. Children with high fevers sometimes hallucinate. The hallucinations usually go away within a few minutes. Lowering the fever stops them. Treatments include ibuprofen or acetaminophen, fluids, and rest. Some serious infections or illnesses like meningitis or septic shock can set off hallucinations. Once the infection is cleared, the hallucinations should go away.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2020
Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2020

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