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The body is hotter than normal body temperature when touched.
Feverish, feel hot, feeling hot, feels hot and feverish, hot to touch
Sometimes a person’s skin feels hot to touch due to illness or an environmental situation that causes an increase is temperature. One cause can be dehydration. It’s important to determine if the person has an increased body temperature caused by a fever. If a fever is present, it may be treated with fluids and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like acetominophen or ibuprofen.
Aspirin should not be used to treat fever in anyone under age 17 years or younger. None of these drugs should be used to treat environmental heat illness. The very young, very old, and obese people are especially vulnerable to dehydration. It’s important to make sure they are taking in enough fluids during the day, and protected from extremely hot environmental temperatures.
Keep the person in a cool, shaded place and apply cool wet cloths to their skin. Placing cool compresses on the groin, neck, and armpit helps lower the body temperature. Provide about a half a cup of cool fluids every quarter of an hour.
Watermelon is especially helpful in hot weather because it’s high in natural sugars and fluids and it appeals to kids and the elderly. Popsicles work for the same reason. The important thing is to try to keep the person hydrated with fluids in any way you can.
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Written by: The Healthline Editorial Team
Published on: Dec 17, 2014on: Oct 27, 2016
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