Fever Management

Got a Fever?

Are you going to class?
Are you going to practice?
Heading out to the cafeteria?
Thinking about going to work?

The answer should be NO!!

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you stay home and keep away from others until your temperature is under 100 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen (e.g. Tylenol, Motrin, Advil Aleve)

For example:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday

8:30am
-102.0 degrees F
-Took fever reducing medication
-No class, work, practice etc.

12pm
-101.5 degrees F
-Took fever reducing medication
-No class, work, practice etc.

4pm
-99.6 degrees F
-No fever reducing medication taken
-No class, work, practice etc.

8pm
-101.2 degrees F
-Took fever reducing medication
-No class, work, practice etc.

8am
-99.5 degrees F
-No fever reducing medication taken
-No class, work, practice etc.
 
12pm
-98.7 degrees F
-No fever reducing medications taken
-No class, work, practice etc.

4pm
-98.5 degrees F
-No fever reducing medications taken
-No class, work, practice etc.

8pm
-98.9 degrees F
-No fever reducing medication taken
-No class, work, practice etc.

8am
-98.4 degrees F
-No fever reducing medication taken

May return to class, work and practice today.

Time entries in blue indicate 24-hour fever-free waiting period

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Things to consider:

  • You need to check your temperature every 4 hours to know whether you have a fever.
  • While some physicians may recommend against treating a fever (as it is seen as your body’s natural way to eradicate germs), untreated fevers can lead to dehydration and uncomfortable body aches and potentially prolonged recovery.

If you do not have a thermometer,
stop by the Wellness Center to obtain a free one!