How To Treat A Fever

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Overview

A fever is classified as an increase in the body temperature that is above the normal body temperature. In most cases, a fever is caused by some sort of infection. Most people have a normal body temperature of 37’C. The normal temperature can fluctuate by a degree or two based on the individual, and changes throughout the day or night. Most people believe that the higher the fever the more dangerous their illness, but this is not the case. In fact, a mild fever, classified as up to 39’C can actually help the immune system to rid the body of an infection. For children, a fever can trigger convulsions, and a fever that is 42.4’C in anyone can cause permanent brain damage.

A fever is classified as an increase in the body temperature that is above the normal body temperature. In most cases, a fever is caused by some sort of infection. Most people have a normal body temperature of 37’C.

A fever is classified as an increase in the body temperature that is above the normal body temperature. In most cases, a fever is caused by some sort of infection. Most people have a normal body temperature of 37’C.

Fever Symptoms

The symptoms of a fever can include:

  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Being hot and sweaty
  • Shivering
  • Chattering teeth
  • A flushed face

The Cause of Fever: Infections

Infections are often the cause of fevers. The type of infection can vary, but this can include:

  • Viruses such as colds or respiratory infections
  • Bacteria such as urinary tract infections, strep throat, etc.
  • Chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis can cause fevers that can last longer than 2 weeks
  • Tropical diseases such as malaria
  • Heat Stroke in which fever is present without sweating
  • Drugs can cause a fever as a side effect
  • Malignant tumors

Treating Fever on your Own

If you develop a fever, there are treatments that you can do:

  • Take over the counter fever reducers as stated on the bottle such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Drink lots of water
  • Avoid anything that can cause dehydration like tea or coffee
  • Take a sponge with cool water to the skin to help bring the fever down
  • Do not take ice cold baths as a way to lower fever as this can trap body heat and cause shivering which is going to make the body temperature increase
  • Rest

When to Visit a Doctor

There are times in which you should visit a doctor for your fever. This includes:

  • If the fever lasts for more than three days
  • The temperature is over 40’C
  • You cannot stop shivering or shaking
  • You are not sweating despite being hold
  • You seem to become more ill as times passes
  • You have a rash, rapid heartbeat, muscle spasms, chills, vomiting or hallucinations along with the fever
  • You are drowsy or confused
  • A headache that will not respond to painkillers
  • You have recently traveled overseas

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