Diseases with Fever
What is fire?
Fever means the body rises to a higher body temperature than is considered normal. It is also called hyperthermia or pyrexia and is usually a sign that your body is trying to protect you from an infection. Normal body temperatures are different for everyone, but this ranges from 36°C to 37°C. A temperature of 38°C or higher is considered a fever.
The rectal fever is 1°C higher than normal body temperature. What are the other symptoms associated with fever?
Chills or shivering Sweating Headache Weakness Discomfort Loss of appetite Thirst Causes Fever can be a sign of a variety of health conditions that may need medical treatment. The most common causes of fever are infections such as the common cold and gastroenteritis. Other causes are: Ear, lung, skin, throat, bladder or kidney infections Excessive dehydration COVID-19 Sunburn Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis Side effects of medications Vaccines and immune gains Blood clots Autoimmune conditions such as lupus and inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) Conditions Cancer Hormone disorders such as hyperthyroidism Illegal drugs Fever of unknown origin and teething in infants can cause a mild fever not exceeding 38°C. When the fever lasts for more than three weeks, either continuously or several times, and has no clear cause, it is usually called a fever of unknown origin. In these cases, you may need to see a specialist in one or more medical fields for further evaluations and tests. How are febrile illnesses diagnosed? To take your temperature, the following may be done at our hospital: Asking questions about your symptoms and medical history. Physical examination. Taking a swab sample from the nose or throat to test for respiratory infections. Tests such as blood tests or chest X-rays as needed based on your medical history and physical exam. Your baby may be admitted to our hospital for testing and treatment, as fever can indicate a serious illness, especially in a baby who is two months old or younger.
How are febrile illnesses treated?
Fever is often associated with physical discomfort, and most people feel better when the fever is treated. But depending on your age, physical condition, and the underlying cause of your fever, you may or may not need medical treatment for fever alone. There are also many non-contagious causes of fever. Treatments vary according to the cause of the fever. For a bacterial infection such as a sore throat, our doctor will prescribe antibiotics. The most common treatments for fever include over-the-counter medications and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Drinking plenty of fluids, taking a warm bath, resting, and keeping yourself cool are some of the ways to cope with fever.