Fever, what Is It?
Fever is the elevation of body temperature. It is not a disease, but a symptom of an inconvenience, usually an infection. Fever often goes hand in hand with a feeling of cold, chills and generalized discomfort.
Our normal body temperature oscillates between 35.5 and 37.5 degrees Celsius . It varies during the day (due to several external factors: food, ambient temperature, physical effort, …) and differs depending on the person. Some people feel uncomfortable when their temperature rises, while others are like a charm at 37 ° C. It is called fever when the temperature is above 38 ° C. Below the 38 ° C s, we speak of a rise in temperature.
Fever is a normal, physiological response of the body that defends itself against pathogens. Increasing body temperature makes it easier to make bacteria and viruses harmless. It may therefore be asked whether it is useful to always try to repress fever.
Gravity is not determined by the fever itself, but rather by the infection causing the fever. Most often (at least in autumn) it is a viral infection, such as a flu or a cold, but it may be another type of infection (severe or mild), such as passage of teeth. If in doubt, do not hesitate to consult a doctor or pharmacist .
When to take the temperature?
In principle, the best times to take the temperature are morning and evening. In general, it is not necessary to measure several times, although in some cases it may be desirable to take the temperature several times a day.
Different kinds of thermometers exist, all of a different use. The choice of a type of thermometer, as well as the taking of temperature, is often made according to the age of the individual.