A fever is higher-than-normal body temperature. It is a symptom caused by a variety of illnesses. Fever is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body’s thermoregulatory set-point, usually by about 12°C. Minor infections may cause mild or short-term temperature elevations. Temperatures of 103° and above are considered high and can signal a potentially dangerous infection. Most fevers are caused by infection or other illness.
There can be many causes, including medication, heat exhaustion, cancers and autoimmune diseases. Fever is also associated with headaches, other aches and pains body, rapid breathing and rapid heart rate. Treatment of fever should be based primarily on lowering the set-point, but facilitating heat loss may also contribute. Heat loss may be an effect of (possibly a combination of) heat conduction, convection, radiation, or evaporation (sweating, perspiration). This may be particularly important in babies, where drugs should be avoided. Over-the-counter medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen to lower a high fever.
Adults may also use aspirin. Aspirin should not be used in childrent. Most fevers come from an infection. You can prevent the spread of infection. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands repeatedly. Keep the home and work environment clean. Avoid contact with sick people. Do not share cups or utensils, especially if they are not clean. Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment when working with animals. During strenuous exercise, wear cool clothing, take frequent breaks, and cool down after the workout. Avoid use of alcohol and drugs that can alter behavior and judgment.
Fever Treatment and Prevention Tips
1. Avoid contact with sick people.
2. Wash your hands frequently.
3. Plenty of fluids aloso recommeded sometime.
4. Aspirin should not be given to children under 16.
5. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen drugs to lower a high fever.
7. Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment.
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