Heavy Sweating

Fever & Dehydration

Risk of Dehydration During a Fever

Fever is defined as an elevated body temperature (above 98°F). When a patient experiences a fever they usually suffer from increased sweating, which can result in fluid and electrolyte loss, and hence mild dehydration.

A fever can be caused by conditions such as the common cold, influenza, infections (viral and bacterial) or gastroenteritis.

During a fever, it is also likely that the patient (especially children) will consume less food and fluids, due to ill health. Lack of food and fluid intake can put the person at risk of developing mild dehydration.

The combination of food and water deprivation, with sweating can lead to mild dehydration.

It is important to monitor for signs and symptoms of dehydration during a fever.

Managing Dehydration Due to Fever

As patients with a fever can often have a reduced interest in fluid consumption (due to feeling unwell), small volumes of an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) may encourage drinking and help to address mild dehydration.

The management of dehydration due to a fever with an oral rehydration solution (Hydralyte) is as follows:

 

Hydralyte Oral Electrolyte Powder

Dehydration due to fever and heavy sweating
Children 10–13 years Take up to 4 packets for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor
13 years to Adult Take up to 7 packets per day for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor.

 

Hydralyte Effervescent Electrolyte Tablets

Dehydration due to fever and heavy sweating
Children 10–13 years Take up to 8 tablets for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor
13 years to Adult Take up to 14 tablets per day for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor.

 

Hydralyte Oral Electrolyte Solution

Dehydration due to fever and heavy sweating
Children 10–13 years Take up to 4 x 7 fl oz for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor
13 years to Adult Take up to 7 x 7 fl oz per day for up to 3 days or as directed by your doctor.

 

For dehydration due to fever, consult a healthcare professional for use beyond 24 hours.

Cautions

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.

 

Recommended Hydralyte products for Heavy Sweating: