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    Also called: Pyrexia

    A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. It is not an illness. It is part of your body's defense against infection. Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections do well at the body's normal temperature (98.6 F). A slight fever can make it harder for them to survive. Fever also activates your body's immune system.

    Infections cause most fevers. There can be many other causes, including

    Treatment depends on the cause of your fever. Your health care provider may recommend using over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to lower a very high fever. Adults can also take aspirin, but children with fevers should not take aspirin. It is also important to drink enough liquids to prevent dehydration.

    Symptoms of Fever

    The following features are indicative of Fever:
    • sweating
    • shivering
    • headache
    • muscle aches
    • loss of appetite
    • dehydration
    • general weakness
    • hallucinations
    • confusion
    • irritability
    • convulsions
    It is possible that Fever shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
    References: 1, 2, 3

    Common Causes of Fever

    The following are the most common causes of Fever:
    • infections such as cold, throat infection, gastroenteritis, ear infection
    • inflammatory disorders
    • extreme sunburn
    • heat exhaustion
    • malignant tumor
    • immunizations
    References: 1, 4, 5

    Other Causes of Fever

    The following are the less common causes of Fever:
    • use of certain medications such as antibiotics and anti epileptic drugs
    • teething
    • thrombophlebitis
    References: 1, 4, 5

    Risk Factors of Fever

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Fever:
    • weakened immune system

    Prevention of Fever

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Fever. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • reducing exposure to infectious diseases
    • wash hands thoroughly
    • using hand sanitizer
    • try to cover mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
    References: 6

    Occurrence of Fever.

    Degree of Occurrence

    The following are number of Fever cases seen each year worldwide:
    • Very common > 10 Million cases

    Common Age Group

    Fever most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Can happen at any age

    Common Gender

    Fever most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 5

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Fever

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Fever:
    • Blood tests: To determine the cause of fever
    • Chest x-ray: To diagnose the cause of fever
    • Urinalysis: To know the cause of the fever
    References: 1, 6

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Fever:

    Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Fever:
    • General practitioner
    • Family doctor
    • Pediatrician

    Complications of Fever if Untreated

    Yes, Fever causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Fever is left untreated:
    • severe dehydration
    • hallucinations
    • febrile seizure
    References: 7

    Self-care for Fever

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Fever:
    • Drink plenty of fluids: Prevents fluid loss and dehydration
    • Take proper rest: Helps in recovering you from fever
    References: 8

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Fever

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Fever:
    • Take lukewarm bath or sponge bath: Helps in lowering the fever
    References: 1

    Time for Treatment of Fever

    While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Fever to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
    • Within 1 week
    References: 5, 9

    Is Fever Infectious?

    Yes, Fever is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
    • direct contact
    References: 10

    Questions - Fever


    1. MedlinePlus Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    2. Mayo Clinic Fever http://www.Mayo - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    3. Maayan-metzger A, Mazkereth R, Kuint J. Fever in healthy asymptomatic newborns during the first days of life. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2003;88(4):F312-4 - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    4. Mayo Clinic Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    5. Wikipedia Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    6. Mayo Clinic Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    7. Mayo Clinic Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    8. Mayo Clinic Fever - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    9. Mayo Clinic Fever http://www.Mayo - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    This page was last updated on 8/08/2018.
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