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What is Fever ?

Home Remedies for feverFever (also known as pyrexia) is a common medical sign characterized by an elevation of temperature above the normal range of 36.5–37.5 C (98–100 F) due to an increase in the body temperature regulatory set-point. This increase in set-point triggers increased muscle tone and shivering. As a person's temperature increases, there is, in general, a feeling of cold despite an increasing body temperature. Once the new temperature is reached, there is a feeling of warmth.

Fever Causes:

  1. The causes of a fever may range widely from common teething in infants and a bout of flu, to more serious conditions such as pneumonia, glandular fever, sunburn and heatstroke.
  2. In most cases a fever is caused by an underlying illness or infection. As the immune system fights off an infection, it generates heat, which results in an increased body temperature.
  3. They may even occur as a result of certain medications including some antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs.

Fever Symptoms:

There are four common types of fevers:

  1. The relapsing fever: The person may have fever for a short period of time followed by afebrile periods. It is like an on and off fever.
  2. In constant fever: The body’s core temperature varies minimally but always remains greater than normal.
  3. Intermittent fever: There are changes in temperature. For example, a febrile person may have a fever that is 38 F and it can go down to normal body temperature or below normal. After that, there will be a fever again and will eventually go down. The difference between relapsing and intermittent fever is that the intermittent fever can go below normal levels.
  4. Remittent fever: A broad range of temperature instability occurs over the 24-hour period, all which is above normal.

The clinical signs and symptoms of fever of the chilling stage are increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate and depth, trembling, pale and clammy skin, reports of feeling cold, cyanotic nail beds, goose bumps on the skin, and stopping of sweating. On the course of fever the absence of chills, warm skin, photosensitivity, increased pulse and respiratory rates, increased thirst, mild to severe dehydration, lethargic, restless, delirium, or seizure, herpetic lacerations of the mouth, loss of appetite for prolonged fever, malaise, weakness, muscle aches are some of the signs and fever symptoms. In the decline and fever abatement, the signs and fever symptoms are skin that appears blushing and feels warm, sweating, decreased shaking, and possible dehydration.

Fever Tips:

  1. Make sure you monitor fever closely. This can be done by checking body's temperature regularly until it has completely subsided.
  2. Guard against dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and make sure these do not contain caffeine.
  3. Prefer liquid food over solid food. Eat foods that are easily digestible. Eat boiled or steamed vegetables, vegetable soup, honey and yogurt. Eat fresh fruits and drink fresh fruit juices.
  4. A lukewarm bath or sponge bath will help to cool down a high fever but never use cold water or ice.
  5. Have plenty of bed rest as moving around raises body temperature even more. This can be tricky with children that get frustrated when confined to bed, so you may have to think creatively. Try quiet activities such as coloring, game books, books on tape and playing cards.
  6. Dress your child in light cotton pajamas so that body heat can escape and do not bundle your child up at bedtime.

Fever Home Remedies:

  1. Fenugreek (Methi): To immediately reduce high body temperature, boil powder of 2 to 3 tsp dry roasted fenugreek seeds. Strain the water and add a drop of clarified butter to it and drink.
  2. Basil (Tulsi): Drink juice made out of basil leaves twice or thrice a day.
  3. Raisins and Ginger: If the fever is mild, lie on a bed and completely cover yourself with a blanket for 20 minutes. Crush 10 grams of raisins and ginger. Boil them in 200 ml of water till it reduces to 50 ml. Strain and drink this solution warm.
  4. Tamarind: The bark of Tamarind acts as an astringent, a tonic and it reduces fever. Use the bark as laxative.
  5. Lemon tea: Boil some water, and then make tea and add lemon, honey. Drink frequently.
   
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