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Does persistent high body temperature pose a health risk?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018
Question: I have had a temperature of 102 for 3 days now and it wont go down
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Paracetamol or acetaminophen should help.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

Thanks for your query.

I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Most often such symptoms are due to viral infections and antibiotics are ineffective in such cases. Irrespective of treatment, the viral infections are self limiting and usually resolve in a week or so. Often such viral infections manifest with fever. Such infections are frequently associated with an allergic component and it is advisable to take some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for next few days.

If you have a temperature more than 100°F, you need to take paracetamol or acetaminophen (Crocin or Tylenol) to it bring down. Also use tepid sponging. Meftal P is more effective but is a prescription medicine which can help.

You need to take steam inhalation. It helps in reducing the congestion. The water vapor will reach deep inside and would help in diluting the cough and thus would provide relief.

Please be patient. It may take a few days for the recovery to occur. It should spontaneously resolve in 5-7 days.

Hopefully, that would help.

Regards,
Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha, General & Family Physician
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Brief Answer: Paracetamol or acetaminophen should help. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. I have gone carefully through the details and understand your concern. Most often such symptoms are due to viral infections and antibiotics are ineffective in such cases. Irrespective of treatment, the viral infections are self limiting and usually resolve in a week or so. Often such viral infections manifest with fever. Such infections are frequently associated with an allergic component and it is advisable to take some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for next few days. If you have a temperature more than 100°F, you need to take paracetamol or acetaminophen (Crocin or Tylenol) to it bring down. Also use tepid sponging. Meftal P is more effective but is a prescription medicine which can help. You need to take steam inhalation. It helps in reducing the congestion. The water vapor will reach deep inside and would help in diluting the cough and thus would provide relief. Please be patient. It may take a few days for the recovery to occur. It should spontaneously resolve in 5-7 days. Hopefully, that would help. Regards, Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha, General & Family Physician