Fever = Body temperature above 38ºC (100.4ºF)
Fever, or elevated temperature is usually due to infection, i.e., inflammation. Fever is the body's attempt to fight an infection with a virus or bacteria, so it is not always appropriate to lower the temperature by antipyretics. A temperature of 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above is usually considered to be a significant fever. The temperature is measured in the rectum after 10 minutes of resting. Fever itself is not dangerous. The average normal body temperature taken in the mouth is 37ºC (98.6ºF), but anywhere between 36.5ºC and 37.2ºC (97.7ºF and 99ºF) may be normal. The lowest temperature is usually recorded at around 3am, the highest at 6pm.
Elevated temperature may owe many diseases and should be seen in correlation with other symptoms. An elevated temperature can also be caused by allergies or too much sun. Do you have high fever, but still want to read, listen to music or watch TV, you will only rarely be seriously ill. Conversely, you may be seriously ill if you would rather stay in bed all day without having to do anything, even if you only have a slight fever. The general condition is important when deciding how sick you are. If you are lethargic and would sleep all the time if you have fever and difficulty breathing or if you have more than 40.0ºC (104ºF), so call your Doctor immediately.
What can you do about fever and your general health?
Drink plenty. Do you have fever, it is important to replace the water loss that occurs when you sweat a lot. For example, your body, for every one degree your temperature is above 37 degrees, losing a half liters of fluid a day. It is therefore important that you get plenty to drink when you have a fever. On the other hand makes it not so much that you can not really eat in a few days. In adults, painkillers relieve muscle pain and lower the temperature slightly. Take in this case the medication regularly, so the temperature does not jump up and down. It is uncomfortable, alternately freezing and sweating. And then you will be best to keep yourself calm. The body needs rest to fight the disease. You should consult your doctor if the temperature does not fall after 3-4 days and you do not know the cause of the fever or if the temperature rises again after having been normal a few days. Any infection depends on the cause fever. You can go back on the job when the temperature has been normal.
When is a fever critical?
It is the fever is very high - over 40.0ºC (104ºF) - or if your condition changes so that your surroundings can see that you are consciousness murky, blurred and incoherent - and can not sit up or bend your head to come. Contact your doctor immediately in such a situation. Fever is a symptom that may come along with a number of diseases. Fever itself is not dangerous.
Paracetamol or aspirin are painkillers and fever-reducing drugs with few side effects, which may advantageously be made for the night, as it gives a calmer sleep. Paracetamol, known as Panodil, Pamol and Pinex tablets are widely used drugs. These are weak painkiller prescription drugs, which also acts antipyretic. They are used eg for headache, toothache, menstrual pain, muscle pain and joint pain - and can be purchased over the counter. Aspirin is also part of several over the counter medications such as Aspirin and Magnyl. Children over 2 years you can give fever-reducing medication in the form of paracetamol (Panodil, Pamol and Pinex). You should only give children under 2 years antipyretics by appointment with the doctor.