Let's Breakdown Fever

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by HEALTHY HEART CLINICS

2 things you may not know about a fever: 

What’s going on when we have a fever? 

  • Commonly when you have a fever, your body is fighting an infection. The average body temperature is 98.6° F (37°C). However, your “normal” body temperature may differ. A fever (100°F (38°C) or higher indicates your body is fighting an infection.  

Why are fevers beneficial?  

  • When your body comes into contact with bacteria or viruses, fever helps your body fight infections by stimulating your immune system, your body’s natural defense. A fever makes it harder for the viruses or bacteria that can cause infections to survive. 

What causes a fever? 

Infection is a common cause of a fever. When you come into contact with a virus or bacteria, a fever will trigger your immune system to fight off the bacteria or virus. 

Fever causes include but are not limited to:  

  • A viral infection 
  • A bacterial infection 
  • Certain inflammatory conditions 
  • Some immunizations (like tetanus, COVID vaccine, or diphtheria) 
  • Some medications (such as antibiotics) 
  • Heat exhaustion 

How do I manage a fever? 

Fevers generally go away within hours or a few days. However, there are ways to manage feelings associated with a fever that causes discomfort. 

      • Drink lots of water. Hydration is a key factor in your body’s ability to function while fighting off an infection.  
      • Take your prescribed medicine (if applicable) or take fever reducing medicine.  

When should I see a doctor? 

See a doctor if you experience: 

  • Severe muscle cramps 
  • new or worsening symptoms (see below) 
  • A fever after foreign travel 
  • Urine is darker than normal 
  • Severe thirst or reduced urine output 
  • Light-headedness or weakness 

See a doctor if the following symptoms accompany a fever:  

    • Severe headache 
    • Difficulty breathing or chest pain 
    • Convulsions or seizures 
    • Persistent vomiting 
    • Abdominal pain 
    • Pain when urinating 
    • Stiff neck/pain with you bend your head forward 
    • Rash/hives 
    • Sensitivity to light 
    • Mental confusion 
    • Strange behavior or altered speech 

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