Fever

Julia Johnson

What is a fever?

A fever is a fairly common sickness, caused by high temperatures in a body, normally a 98 degree (Fahrenheit) temperature shows a fever.

To find out if you have a fever, taking a temperature is the best tool.

Causes of a fever

Some causes of fever can include:

  • Virus
  • Bacterial infection
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Extreme sunburn
  • Some inflammatory conditions
  • Malignant tumors
  • Some medications
  • Some immunizations

Symptoms


  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • General weakness

Sever symptoms:

  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Convulsions
  • Dehydration

Is this deadly?

For an infant, fevers can be deadly. However, most fevers shouldn't be so severe as to be life threatening. Still, you should always pay attention to anything that shows up, even for fever.

For an adult, a fever reaching over 103 degrees (Fahrenheit), can be dangerous

Treatment

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Give drug medications to severe fever, do not overdose
  • Get plenty of rest

Avoid spreading?

Simple. Wash your hands.

Cover your mouth when coughing/sneezing

Be cautious around those that are sick

Take physical and mental care of yourself.