Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What does a "low grade fever" mean in relation to infection sign in elderly?

Is it possible for an elderly patient to have an infection and the T is 96.4 and 95.5?
Infections don't necessarily mean that you will have a fever. There are host of immune response that the body mounts to fight off infection. Are you sure the temperature is 96? The normal range of human body temperature is somewhere between 98 and 100 farenheit, so those temperatures are actually low.
I would say a low grade fever is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or slightly lower. The temps you give don't represent a fever at all. An infection does not always cause a fever, depending on what it is.
Yes it's possible for an elderly to have an infection anyone can get one it actually harder for the elderly body to fight infection although the fever is not high you might won't to call the doctor just to be sure
It can be difficult to diagnose infections in the elderly because they do not always present in the classical manner. The febrile response may be blunted or absent, and symptoms may be nonspecific, such as confusion or weakness. It is often a challenge to figure out what is really going on.As for the low temperatures you mention, it could be that the patient usually has a low temperature (some frail elders do) and has a minor infection (or no infection). One can also see a low temperature in sepsis, which is quite serious. You would need more information than just the temperature.

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