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The Truth About Fevers

The Truth About Fevers
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A fever is a body temperature that is considerably higher than what is considered normal. Most people are misinformed when it comes to fevers, treating it as a disease rather than an indication of a possibly manifesting illness or infection.

A fever is actually the body’s response to fighting an infection. Looking at it this way, a fever may actually be a good thing. It may indicate a functional immune system.

Raised temperatures in the body is a self-defense mechanism where it creates an environment where bacteria and viruses find it much harder to survive. For this reason, giving a child anti-fever drugs may be counterproductive. Some studies have shown that some effects of fever, especially for viral infection, may not respond to such medicine.

Other studies show that reducing a fever with pills may actually work against the patient. If the intolerable environment created by the body to counter bacterial and viral infections is countered, the severity and duration of the illness being fought off may actually increase. The best way to ‘deal’ with fevers is now thought to be to stay hydrated, eat light and healthy and get a lot of rest.

However, internal defenses are not the only cause of fevers. Medicines, such as antibiotics, blood pressure medicine and anti-seizure medicines, have been known to cause fevers. [1] Treatment for fever will, therefore, also be determined by the cause. If temperature levels exceed acceptable levels, a qualified physician may prescribe over the counter medicine such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.


[1] Fever (2019)