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Fever Symptoms

Fever is defined as one degree temperature more above than the normal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or 37 degrees Celsius (C). Fever is a symptom of a disease or infection. It is not a disease.

Normally, the hypothalamus keeps the body temperature at around 37ºC (98.6ºF). Whenever hypothalamus encounters a foreign body invasion, for example bacterial infection, it increases the body temperature as its defense mechanism to kill the bacteria. This is called fever.

Here are few symptoms that manifest if you are febrile with some infection:

  • A temperature of more than 38°C
  • Face that look hot and flushed out and the skin feels hot to touch
  • Aching muscles with feel of body pain
  • Feeling cold or shivering
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling confused or dizzy
  • Stinging when you pass urine
  • Sore mouth or pain when swallowing
  • Headache
  • Coughing or shortness of breath

These symptoms can be seen in children as well. Fever of 104 F (40 C) or above demand immediate home treatment and subsequent medical attention, as they can result in delirium and convulsions, particularly in children.

Causes of Fever Symptoms: Since fever is not a disease in its own right, and a possible symptom for various diseases, an awareness about these ailments can be beneficial.

  • Cancer
  • Cat Scratch Disease
  • German Measles technically called Rubella
  • Chickenpox technically called Varicella
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Allergy Treatments
  • Connective Tissue Disease
  • Croup
  • Coxsackie Virus
  • Endocarditis
  • Dengue Fever
  • E. Coli 0157:H7
  • Fifth Disease
  • Gastroenteritis also called Stomach Flu
  • Enteroinvasive E. Coli (EIEC)
  • Melioidosis
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Group B Strep
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Roseola
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Whooping Cough also called Pertussis
  • Sore Throat also called Pharyngitis
  • Infection in Urinary Tract
  • Staph Infection technically called Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Strep Throat
  • Swine Flu
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • West Nile Virus
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Bacterial, virus and parasite infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Arthritis

What Fever Symptoms Mean: Mild fever in the body is good as it is the sign of the fact that the body is fighting with the infections. The white blood cells are the components present in our blood which fight against any threat to our body. As these cells attack the germs, parasites and bacteria causing infections, heat is generated in the process. The section of the brain which regulates the temperature of our body is the hypothalamus. When white blood cells intensify the killing of external threats, more heat is produced. The hypothalamus, as a result, gets effected, rising the temperature of the body. But when fever is more than 2 degrees above the normal, it calls for medical intervention.

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