Fever is a condition wherein your body temperature rises above the normal temperature (98.6°F). It is not a cause of concern until your body temperature reaches 101°F. In infants and children, even a slight increase in the body temperature must be looked into with utmost attention. Fevers generally go away in a few days but can cause extreme fatigue and body aches. Shivering, body ache, sweating, dehydration, general weakness and loss of appetite are some of the signs of fever. Most fevers can be treated at home with some simple remedies. However, if your condition does not improve in 3-4 days or the temperature crosses 103°F, you must consult a doctor. It could be a sign of some serious infection in your body.
There are some home remedies that you can adopt to get rid of fever like hydrating yourself. Fever can drain your body off some useful fluids. Avoid this by drinking plenty of fluids like water, juices or both. Take proper rest. Activity can raise your body temperature. Try keeping a wet and cold cloth on your forehead. It helps in bringing down the temperature. If your condition does not improve by home care, you must consult a doctor. The doctor will first check your temperature to find out the severity of your condition. He may then prescribe over the counter medications like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, crocin and others. Do not consume antibiotics on your own. In case you are diagnosed with serious diseases like typhoid, dengue, viral, jaundice and malaria, your treatment will follow a different route.
If your body temperature increases above 98.6°F, you are suffering from fever. You must take necessary precautions from the very first day to avoid worsening of your condition.
If you are going through some other medical treatment, the rise in body temperature may be due to those medications. Consult your doctor before starting with any kind of treatment.
Some medications may cause temporary redness, irritation and itchiness in the skin. Do not worry, these effects wear off gradually.
Take care of cleanliness around you. Wash your hands especially before eating, after using the toilet and after petting animals. Avoid sharing cups, utensils or water bottles with others so that nobody else catches the infection bacteria or virus.
Common fever may take about 3-8 days to recover. In case of more serious diseases, the time period may increase.
One session of consultation with a doctor may cost you between ₹200 - ₹600. The cost of acetaminophen may be around ₹100 per 500ml. Ibuprofen may cost around ₹10 per 50ml.
You may catch fever again due to change in weather, stress, exhaustion or viral/ bacterial infection.
Fever generally goes away on its own within a few days. If you do not want to undergo medications, you may try to rest and let it pass. You can avoid catching fever in the future by following a healthy lifestyle and consuming a nutritious diet. Take proper care of your hygienic conditions. Do not over exert your body and remember to change your lifestyle according to the change in weather.