Last Updated on Jun 13, 2013

 Overview

  • Fever is higher-than-normal body temperature (Normal temparature-370C or 98.60F)
  • Indicates an abnormal process in the body
  • Fever is a symptom and not disease
  • Also called 'pyrexia'
  • Low fever:98.80F to 100.80F
  • Mild to moderate:1010F to 1030F
  • High fever:1040F and above

Causes

  • Hot weather
  • Childhood immunization

  • Causes of Fever: Childhood Immunization

  • Bacterial/viral infection
  • Spending much time in sun
  • Allergy to medication / food

Symptoms
  • Hot flushed face
  • Lack of interest in food

  • Symptoms of Fever: Lack of Interest in Food

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Head and body ache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
High fever maybe associated with -
  • Delirium
  • Convulsion

Treatment
  • Monitor temperature using a thermometer

  • Treatment of Fever: Monitor Temperature Using a Thermometer

  • Remove the excess clothing
  • Keep the person in a cool place
  • Give a sponge bath in luke warm water
  • Give plenty of fluids 
  • Give prescribed doses of acetaminophen /paracetamol
  • Do not give aspirin to a person with fever
  • Do not wrap the person in blankets / warm clothing
Consult a Doctor in case of -
  • Irregular breathing
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Rashes
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Vomiting

  • Consult Doctor: Vomiting

  • Diarrhea
  • Painful urination
  • Convulsions

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Comments

@gangaram, India

clean with wet cloth

@290609, India

Suddenly I want to get fever with in 24 hours So what should I do for that tell me.

@sharadchamoli, India

perfect description of pyrexia and in a easy language

@P.K.Anand, India

Few sentences on the physiology and its benefits to body like killing of pathogens can also be added.