Risk of Dehydration During a Fever
When you experience a fever, you often suffer from increased sweating which can lead to fluid and electrolyte loss, and you might eat or drink less fluid due to feeling unwell.
When you experience a fever, you often suffer from increased sweating which can lead to fluid and electrolyte loss, and you might eat or drink less fluid due to feeling unwell. This combination of reduced fluid intake and sweating can lead to dehydration.
Fever is defined as an elevated body temperature (above 98°F) and can be caused by conditions such as the common cold, influenza, infections (viral and bacterial), or gastroenteritis.
Managing Dehydration During a Fever
It is important to monitor for signs and symptoms of dehydration during a fever.
As patients with a fever can often have a reduced interest in fluid consumption, small volumes of an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) may encourage drinking and help to address mild dehydration.
Please seek further medical advice if*:
- Fever persists for more than 3 days
- Temperature rises above 104°F
- You experience a temperature without sweating
- Unusual symptoms (such as hallucinations, neck stiffness, skin rash, etc.) occur
- You are suffering from confusion and drowsiness
- Your condition is getting progressively worse with time
*This is not an exhaustive list. Please seek medical advice for further information.