Fever and Chills: Management
Managing fever and chills
Here we discuss how to manage the symptoms of fever and chills as a result of the flu infection.
Steps for managing fever and chills
By asking appropriate diagnostic questions, confirm the fever and chills are due to the flu.
- Increase patient awareness on how to minimise transmission of the flu to other people
- Advise on the warning signs associated with fever that may require further assessment by a physician
Along with appropriate advice, recommend or provide treatments to suit the individual needs of your patient.
Treatment of fever should be focused on alleviating discomfort, not just lowering temperature5
Non-Pharmacologic Measures of Alleviating Fever
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
- Regularly monitor symptoms
- Keep the environment at a neutral temperature, around 25°C
- Avoid overdressing or underdressing; wear whatever is comfortable
- Avoid sponge baths as this does not provide additional benefit4
- Ensure you rest
Fever and chills management: in summary
After appropriate diagnosis of the flu as the underlying cause of your patient’s fever and chills, they may be recommended analgesics/antipyretics for symptomatic relief, with paracetamol suggested as the first-line therapy.5,9