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Fever

 

Fever is a temporary increase in the body temperature which is normally 99.5° F.

Causes

  • Infections
  • Skin inflammations
  • Certain medications
  • Many health conditions such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid diseases pneumonia, appendicitis etc.

Symptoms

  • Body temperature over 99.5° F
  • Body aches and headaches
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of concentration

Treatment
Most fevers of 102° F and below in healthy adults do not need to be treated as they aid the body in fighting the infection causing it. Treatment in other cases may include:

  • Rest
  • Drinking lots of cool fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Sponge bath with luke warm water to cool down the body
  • Certain medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen as advised by a doctor
  • Treating the underlying cause

Prevention

Avoiding infections by maintaining adequate hygiene