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Symptoms & Causes of Fever

Symptoms & Causes of Fever

The temporary increase in the normal body temperature above 37 * C due to an underlying infection, illness, influenza etc is known as fever.
In an adult slight increase in temperature goes unnoticed unless the temperature rises above 39.4* C
Fever generally takes a few days to decrease. There are ‘n’ number of over the counter drugs to tackle fever.

Read further to find out the causes and symptoms of fever.The symptoms of fever include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Chills and rigor
  • Pain at the back of head
  • Generalised Muscle Pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Irritability
  • Generalised Lethargy and Weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Dry mouth
  • Shivering
  • Phase of cold and phase of sweating
  • Unusual skin rash that worsens rapidly
  • Sensitivity to light and various other stimuli
  • Mental confusion
  • Stiff neck and pain while bending your head forward.
  • Tender Breasts
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Seizures and Convulsions

Fever on its own may not cause much harm. But, if it is a symptom of underlying infection, then it becomes a cause of concern.
It is ideal to seek immediate medical help if fever does not subside within 3 days of consuming Non-Steroidal Anti inflammatory Drugs like Paracetamol(Crocin, aspirin etc)

The causes of fever are varied, here are a few common causes of fever. * Any Viral or Bacterial infection * A Malignant tumor * TB * Any meningococcal infection * Injuries and Wounds * Pulmonary infections * Organophosphorus poisoning

Some of the preventive measures for Fever Control is as follows:
Hygiene: Wash hands before eating, after using the toilet, after spending time in a crowded public area, after visiting someone who is sick. Most of the fever causing bacteria or viral transmission occurs through the hand-to-mouth transmission. It is always advisable to wash hands before eating.
Cover your mouth while coughing/sneezing: If you have a cold or fever try to avoid sneezing or coughing without covering your mouth. It prevents the disease from spreading.
Sharing is NOT caring: Avoid eating or drinking from the same plate and sharing the same cup. This prevents the transmission of diseases, thus reducing the scope of fever.

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