Fever, also known as pyrexia, is a medical symptom which describes an increase in internal body temperature to levels which are above normal (37 degrees Celsius, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). An adaptive mechanism, fever is the body's reaction to pathogens; it attempts to raise core body temperature to levels which will denature, debilitate, or kill the pathogen. Most fevers are caused by infections and almost all infectious diseases can cause fever. ...

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Fever Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... A fever occurs when your temperature rises above its normal range. What''s normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average temperature of 98.6 F. That''s why it''s hard to say just wha...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Even when you''re well, your body temperature varies throughout the day — it''s lower in the morning and higher in the late afternoon and evening. In fact, your normal temperature can range from...
Source: MayoClinic

Fever Prevention

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Prevention
... The best way to prevent fevers is to reduce your exposure to infectious diseases. One of the most effective ways to do that is also one of the simplest — frequent hand washing. Teach your childr...
Source: MayoClinic

Fever Treatment

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Complications
... A rapid rise or fall in temperature may cause a febrile seizure in a small percentage of children younger than age 5. Although they''re alarming for parents, the vast majority of febrile seizures caus...
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Treatment
... Medical treatment depends on the cause of your fever. Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections, such as pneumonia or strep throat. For viral infections, including stomach...
Source: MayoClinic

Fever Other

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Fever
... A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature and is a part of our body’s natural response to infection. The average normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When your body’s temperature...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Febrile Seizures Fact Sheet
... Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. During a febrile seizure, a child often loses consciousness and shakes, moving limbs on both sides of the body. Les...
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Fever Treatment

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Aromatherapy and Children
... Care must be taken in treating children with essential oils, although there are any number of safe ones. Use one-third to one-half the adult dose, or a 1-percent dilution (five or six drops of essenti...
Source: HealthWorld

Fever
... Fever has been defined as a body temperature elevated to at least 1°F above 98.6°F (37.0°C).Actually, a child''s temperature normally varies by as much as 2°F, depending on his level of activity, emo...
Source: HealthWorld

   

Fever Articles

  • Early Fevers Associated with Lower Allergy Risk Later in Childhood
    ... Infants who experience fevers before their first birthday are less likely to develop allergies by ages six or seven, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...
  • Familial Mediterranean fever
    ... Familial Mediterranean fever is an inherited condition characterized by recurrent episodes of painful inflammation in the abdomen, chest, or joints. These episodes are often accompanied by fever and s...
  • Febrile Seizures Fact Sheet
    ... Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. During a febrile seizure, a child often loses consciousness and shakes, moving limbs on both sides of the body. Les...
  • Fever, Sweats, and Hot Flashes
    ... This patient summary on fever, sweats, and hot flashes is adapted from a summary written for health professionals by cancer experts. This and other credible information about cancer treatment, screeni...

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