FEVER IN ADULTS

Know your fevers

A normal body temperature is approximately 37°C but may fluctuate depending on the time of day or what temperature-reading method was used. While any temperature above your 38°C is considered a fever, there are different levels of severity.

  • Low-grade fever: temperatures between 37°C and 38°C
  • Moderate-grade fever: temperatures between 38°C and 39°C
  • High-grade fever: temperatures over 39°C*
    *A temperature reading at or above 40°C is called hyperpyrexia and is considered a medical emergency requiring immediate care.

What should I watch out for?

  • Overheating
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Discomfort
  • Achy muscles
  • Rash
  • Restlessness/Sleeplessness
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Decreased appetite

How can I treat a fever?

While most fevers aren’t dangerous, these tips & tricks can help make yours more manageable. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Pain reliever

    Pain relievers containing paracetamol can help alleviate head and body aches and lower your fever. TYLENOL® is the world’s #1 pain relief brand.*
    *OTC pain relief value sales, Nicholas Hall Global CHC database, DB6 2019.

  • Fluids

    Drinking plenty of water can not only prevent dehydration, but also help lower your body temperature.

  • Rest

    Your body is working on overdrive to fight off infection. Be sure to get plenty of sleep so you can recharge.

  • Light foods

    Eat foods that are easy to digest, like crackers and soup. Avoid dairy products like milk and cheese.

  • Cool compress

    Apply a damp washcloth to your forehead to help lower your temperature.

 

Remember…

The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.