High Body Temperature | Effects Of High Temperature On The BodyNovember 24, 2017
High Body Temperature:How Does The Heat Affects The Body?
Fever or high body temperature varies depending on the cause or effect on the body. It is indeed one of the most recognized medical conditions in the world. Fever can also be referred to as either pyrexia or febrile response; it is mostly related to complications from other infections.
Not all fever is bad or require medication but in case of discomfort, medications are only used to reduce the temperature.
Our body also uses it as a form of defense against any infection. On this post, Natural Remedy Lab exposes that amazing facts about height body temperature you must be aware about.
What Is Fever?
Fever often referred to as high fever or high body temperature is mostly associated with physical discomfort. You have fever whenever your body temperature is above 100.4˚F (38˚C). Fever itself is not an illness but a symptom that signal an infection in the body.
Our immune system often use fever as a defense against any infection in most cases. This is the more reason why fever happens to be the most common likely symptoms you see in any infection or disease.
Causes Of Fever
Our body use high temperature to trigger a defense mechanism against all sort of medical condition. Those infections could be caused by virus, bacteria and other infectious microbes. Other causes of fever include:
- Fever may be seen as a result of side effect from some medications. Always check for the likely side effect of any drugs before usage.
- If your body is dehydrated, it could trigger fever
- Fever may occur as a result of prolonged strenuous exercise
- Too much exposure to direct sunlight can cause fever in some people
How To Induce Fever?
It is common to notice fever easily in children, during monthly period and pregnancy in women. This may be as a result of infections or other reasons but not all fever is bad, you just need to be aware of the reason why it is present.
Fever during pregnancy is not good and should be given necessary attention because it may be as a result of infections which may lead to complications if left unattended to; thus the needs for medical checkup.
However, it is worthy of note that the following actions or inactions may induce or stimulate the occurrence of fever in human:
- Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or heat.
- Long period of rigorous exercise or activities.
- Drugs / Medications
- Anxiety / Stress
Types Of Fever
- Continuos Fever: this type of fever is predominantly caused by an infection. It is characterized by temperature not more than 1˚C in 24hrs.
- Remittent Fever: the body temperature in remittent fever usually fluctuate above 1˚C; usually 2˚C in 24hrs and remain above normal all day.
- Pel-Ebstein Fever: the body temperature may rise up to several days and becomes lower afterwards. This could occur repeatedly for several weeks.
- Intermettent Fever: this kind of fever only last for few hours during the day and later comes back to normal.
- Periodic Fever: this type of condition happens when there is recurrence of prolonged high body temperature which last for numerous days and could be seen reoccur after few weeks.
Symptoms Of Fever
The signs and symptoms of fever may be determined by real cause of the fever. Likely symptoms include:
- Chills and/or shivering
- General body weakness
- Headache &/or Seizure &/or Dehydration
- Loss of appetite
Fever In Children
There is a condition in children mostly age 6 months – 6 years which is usually caused by high body temperature. This condition is called ‘Febrile seizure’.
Febrile seizure could be simple when it occur once and last not longer than few minutes within a day while a complex seizure on the other hand reoccur often and last longer.
Febrile seizure or febrile convulsion is usually characterized by the following:
- The body of the child becomes stiff
- The child starts to jerk arms &/or legs
- The child begins to breath irregularly
- Uncontrollable urination &/or defecation
Diagnosis Of Fever
Fever can be diagnosed simply by measuring the body temperature. If the temperature is higher than normal, further diagnosis will be done to identify the root cause of the fever.
A digital thermometer is required and recommended. Method of measurement could be oral (through the mouth), axillary (under the armpit), tympanic (ear) etc. The most effective method however, is measuring body temperature through rectal (through the anus) temperature reading.
Prevention Of Fever
Preventive measures you can take to reduce your chance of getting high body temperature include:
- Maintaining proper hygiene will help to reduce infections that may trigger fever.
- Not all fever require treatment, but if there are unpleasant feelings as a result of fever, visit your doctor to identify the root cause and likely steps to take.
- Get more fluid into your body by drinking more clean water
- Avoid excessive direct exposures to sunlight, if you must stay outdoor for prolonged hours, try to wear protective cloths that will protect your body from direct sun rays.
- Let your rooms, workshop, offices and other places you stay be well ventilated to allow fresh air and breathing space.
Treatment Of Fever
Most fever will vanish even when not treated but if you feel uncomfortable because of fever, the use of paracetamol &/or ibuprofen is enough to relieve the pain. Ibuprofen should not be taken during pregnancy.
You should however note that, rather than treating fever, it is advisable to consult your doctor to identify the root cause of the fever since fever is just one of the symptoms of an infection.
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