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Fever and elevation: symptoms, cause and treatment

  1. When do you have a fever or elevation? At a temperature between 37.5 ° C and 38.0 ° C it is called an increase, above that it is called a fever. So there is a fever when the body temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius. Fever is the body's response to an infection with pathogenic organisms such as viruses or bacteria. The fever helps to fight the infection, as viruses and bacteria grow less well at a higher temperature. Fever has many possible causes. Flu, cold and pneumonia are the most common causes of fever. Fever can be accompanied by other symptoms. This depends on the underlying cause. In principle, fever does not need to be treated. You can also take a paracetamol.

Body temperature

  1. Hypothalamus

Correct temperature measurement

  1. As you know you can measure your body temperature at different points. This way you can measure temperature under the armpit, in the mouth and in the anus

Difference between fever and hyperthermia

  1. Definition

Treatment of fever

  1. Often no treatment Fever is usually harmless and in principle does not need to be reduced. This does not apply to hypertermia, which can quickly become life-threatening if timely action is not taken. In hypertermia, the triggering factor must first be removed. In case of heat stroke

Diet and nutrition for fever

  1. Often, people with a fever have no appetite or lack of appetite, so they should not be forced to eat. Eating little or nothing for a relatively short period of time is not harmful to the body in case of fever. If you want to eat something, you should go for light and high-protein foods such as chicken stock or vegetable stock, boiled chicken, steamed vegetables or salad. Fresh citrus fruits such as oranges, tangerines and grapefruit are also helpful for fever. The vitamin C

Sufficient drinking in case of fever

  1. Water, tea and fruit juice

When to see the doctor?

  1. Contact your doctor if the fever is accompanied by shortness of breath, drowsiness or little drinking or urinating. This also applies if the fever persists for more than five days or if you develop a fever again after having been fever-free for a few days. People who suffer from heart, lung or kidney disease or have diabetes should also consult a doctor in case of fever. This also applies to people who have a reduced resistance due to a serious illness or medical treatment.

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