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.
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
- 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.
The influenza virus loves a temperature of 37.5°C which happens to be the normal body temperature. As the immune system attempts to kill the virus and prevent it from multiplying, it raises the normal body temperature to place the virus outside of optimal conditions. This makes it easier for the immune system cells to rid the body of infection.
Chills commonly accompany fever. These are episodes of feeling cold and shivery. With a fever, your brain convinces your body that its temperature should be higher than it is. This means that although you are warmer than normal, you feel cold and shivery in the same way as going out in the winter without a jacket on.
Sweating often occurs in the later stages of a fever. This is the body’s attempt to reduce the body temperature again. However, with the brain sending conflicting messages about the temperature the body should be at, this is often why we feel hot and cold.
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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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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.
- 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.
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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.
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.
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