University of Rochester


University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

Fever

A fever helps fight infection by creating an environment that is less conducive to the growth of bacterial and viral organisms. Chemicals released into the bloodstream signal your body's temperature regulators to increase your body temperature. Muscles shiver to generate heat. Normal body temperature is thought to range from 97° to 100° F.

There are many factors that can increase your temperature besides illness, such as hormones, hot weather, and exercise.

If you have ruled out factors other than illness that can cause a fever, it is then important to determine if you are dehydrated or if your fever is dangerously high. Since a fever is one of your body's natural healing mechanisms, you may not want to reduce it unless you are uncomfortable or it is too high.

Self Care for a Fever

Seek Medical Care If...

To Schedule an Appointment

Call UHS at 275-2662 to schedule an appointment at the University Health Service.

* Students coming to the UHS Eastman Office do not need an appointment to see the registered nurse.

Reducing Your Chances of Catching A Cold or the Flu


For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or ldudman@uhs.rochester.edu

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Last modified: Thursday, 26-May-2011 16:40:25 EDT