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Fever is one of the symptoms of the flu

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Body temperature is a measure of the body's ability to generate and get rid of heat. The human body temperature normally varies between 36.5°C and 37.5°C. In most adults, an oral temperature above 38°C or a rectal or ear temperature above 38.3°C is considered a fever. A child has a fever when his or her rectal temperature is 38°C or higher.

When is it a high fever?

If you think you have a fever, you better verify it with a thermometer. A body temperature below 40°C hardly causes any problems. Above that, it is considered a high fever.

Symptoms of fever

The symptoms associated with fever are:

  • suddenly feeling very warm
  • or just very cold (a so called "cold fever", please refer to a paragraph below, on this topic)
  • having shivers and chattering teeth
  • becoming pale or very red
  • sweating
  • with high fever: being delirious
  • with small children up to 5 years old, febrile convulsion may occur.

Fever itself is a symptom of an inflammation or an infection such as the flu. 

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What is a cold fever?

Because of the immune reaction against germs, a fever may occur. The body temperature may rise very quickly and you can feel cold and begin to shiver. Some people also call that a cold fever. But this is still a case of fever. The shivering and shaking are not for nothing: they warm up your body. 

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Fever with a baby and children?

Small children and babies may get a fever as a symptom of the common cold. Their immune system is put in the highest gear! Read more about a fever with a baby and a child.

Is it the cold or the flu?

Not only do you suffer from a sore throat, but you also feel miserable and have a fever? Then you probably have the flu. If you want to know whether it's the cold or the flu, do the test!

What to do in case of fever?

A fever is completely natural and a necessary reaction of the body as it starts its battle against harmful invaders such as bacteria and viruses. A fever is one of the symptoms of a flu. A rise of the body temperature paralyzes the activity of various germs. Suppressing the fever actually goes against this natural reaction. However, it is customary in the medical world to suppress the fever as quickly as possible with, for instance, acetaminophen. Alfred Vogel used to advocated to see the “fever more as a helper than as an enemy”. Thankfully, this opinion is now commonly accepted.

When to contact your doctor for a fever?

  • it is persisting more than four days
  • it is accompanied by drowsiness
  • if you cannot drink well
  • if you have a stiff neck
  • if you have shortness of breath
  • if you are vomiting
  • if you have diarrhea

Contact your doctor if the temperature rises after an initial decline. This is often a sign that an infection is developing again.
With children younger than three months old who are having febrile convulsions, it is also recommended to call for a doctor.
TIP: Look here for more information about a fever with babies and children.

What to do with a fever?

Make sure that the body does not cool off too suddenly. Changes in temperature are not good and may provoke febrile convulsions.

Somebody with a fever should drink a lot: for every degree Celcius, an extra half litre (over and above the normal amount of a litre and a half!)

Allow the body heat to escape: wear thin, loose clothing.

Nutrition advice for a fever

It is important to stimulate the primary exit routes of the body (intestines, kidneys, skin).

Make sure to have a good bowel function. Avoid heavy food or high protein foods.  Do drink a lot of water and many fruit juices high in vitamin C, such as citrus and currant juice. Eat a tablespoon of ground flaxseed daily.

You can stimulate your kidneys by drinking more than usual. Apart from water, you can also drink herbal tea with birch leaf, sage, rosehip, goldenrod, parsley, juniper and real thyme.

Does your child have a fever? Look here for more information about a fever with babies and children.

What do you think?

Have you found what you read useful? If so, I would love if you would leave your comment below. Thanks! Krista your A.Vogel Flu Coach

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