Handling a fever

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Handling a fever
~ Handling a fever ~

Having a fever is not a pleasant experience. The early symptoms of weakness, lack of appetite, shivering, muscle aches, and nausea are enough to make you feel lame.

While the body temperature 37 Degree Celsius is thought to the best indication of a fever, the symptoms should be observed as well. Below are some tips to keep yourself in shape when you are having a fever.

1. Do not fight the fever.
It is essential to know that fever is not serious illness. It may, in itself, be a symptom or a mechanism against infection. So eagerly combating fever with medications might interfere and disrupt your immune system.

2. Drink up.
A fever can lead to dehydration due to perspiration. So drink plenty of fluids. It is best to stick to plain water and juices and avoid beverages with caffeine like coffee, black tea and carbonated drinks. Consume more fruits and vegetables, which are high in vitamins and minerals as well as water content. Chamomile tea is able to reduce inflammation while linden tea can induce sweating to break a fever.

3. Take a sponge bath.
Evaporation has cooling effect on body temperature. Pay attention to where heat is felt most, like the groin area and armpits and sponge yourself by wiping one part at a time using lukewarm (not cool) water.

4. Dress properly.
Wear light, comfortable clothing and cover yourself with an equally light sheet. Cotton wear is best since it will absorb perspiration.

5. Eat.
While a fever might affect your appetite, do not hesitate to eat if you feel hungry. Experts feel that you should eat during a fever so as to replenish the energy that is been burned up from the body’s increased heat.

6. Rest.
When you have a fever, it is a sign that your body wants you to slow down to concentrate on fighting the infection. Create a resting space with subdued lighting, minimal noise and good ventilation.

Here are some situations when seeking professional help is advised.
1. Fever that lasts more than five days.
2. Fever that are accompanied by unusual sensitivity to light.
3. Fever in a child less than a year old, fever above 39.4 Degree Celsius.
4. Fever in adult with chronic illness such as heart or respiratory diseases.
5. Fever in a child or an adult who has a stiff neck, difficulty breathing or a strange rash.

Source Credit: Health Magazine.


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