Fever or high temperature itself is not a disease. Symptom is usually a symptom of an underlying disease or is often an infection.
Fever is usually associated with physical pain and causes some herpes. However, depending on age, physical conditions and the main cause of fever, different measures may be taken to treat fever. Many experts believe that fever is a natural body struggle against infection. Of course, non-infectious causes may also cause fever.
The fever is not considered to be dangerous, but the high fever has many dangers. The fever can also cause serious harm, including stroke, side effects of certain medications and illicit drugs. If the fever is too high, the body can no longer control the temperature of the body.
In children with fever, you should see your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of appetite loss, weakness, sore throat, cough, ear pain, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if a baby is less than 3 months old, the rectal temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you should contact the doctor immediately or go to the emergency department because the cause can be a severe and life-threatening infection. If your fever is above 104 degrees F, you should contact your doctor immediately or go to the emergency department immediately. A high fever can cause seizures.
If your child has the following symptoms in addition to the symptom, see your doctor immediately:
- It looks very sick.
- It’s sleepless or your muscles become very rigid.
- His immune system is weak or has other medical problems.
- History of seizure.
- Other symptoms such as rash, sore throat, neck pain or ear pain.
If fever occurs in children younger than 2 years of age, more than one day in children younger than 2 years old, longer than 3 days, contact a doctor or go to the emergency department.
Causes of Fever
The part of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for controlling the temperature of the body, which usually changes from normal to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. When infection occurs in the body, or in other cases, the hypothalamus raises the body’s temperature to fight infection.
- Infections of the ear, lungs, skin, throat, bladder or kidneys
- Conditions that cause inflammation.
- Drug side effects
- blood clotting
- Diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease
- Hormonal disorders such as hyperthyroidism
- Illegal drugs such as amphetamines and cocaine
Diagnosis of fever
Although fever is easy to measure, it is difficult to diagnose the cause. In addition to physical examination, the doctor asks you about the symptoms, conditions, medications, and also the illnesses that you have recently encountered. For example, a malaria infection may cause fever.
Sometimes you may not find any cause for a fever. In this situation, an unusual or unobservable situation may have caused this situation to occur. Such as chronic infection, connective tissue disorder, cancer or other problems.
The most common fever treatment involves the use of over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Children should avoid using aspirin.