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Article Home First Aid and Emergency Home Management Of Fever

Home Management Of Fever

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High fever or Heat Stroke is a condition when body temperature reaches 104 F or 40 C. It can be caused by heavy exercise, severe bacterial infections and sometimes it is due to high temperatures of the surrounding environment. A fever is not a illness, but it's a sign that something is wrong in the body. Fevers aren't necessarily bad. In fact, fevers play a role in helping your body fight with infections. Generlly fevers go away in a relatively small time usually within a few days. Not all fevers need treatment with medications.

 

High fever or Heat Stroke is a condition when body temperature reaches 104 F or 40 C. It can be caused by heavy exercise, severe bacterial infections and sometimes it is due to high temperatures of the surrounding environment. A fever is not a illness, but it's a sign that something is wrong in the body. Fevers aren't necessarily bad. In fact, fevers play a role in helping your body fight with infections. Generlly fevers go away in a relatively small time usually within a few days. Not all fevers need treatment with medications.

Symptoms and Risks involved

  • Fast breathing and very high temperature
  • Heart beating very fast
  • Unconsciousness and Coma
  • Dry hot skin with no sweat
  • Alcohol can hinder in normal body temperature
  • Dehydration
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Headache
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Convulsions

How high fever damages body

In state of high fever blood circulation slows down which affects body organs adversely. Serious damages could occur to patient’s brain, Heart, Kidneys and various other body organs.

Treatment

Motive for the treatment is to bring down the body temperature to normal. The sooner the body temperature lowers the lesser is the damage to body organs. Various effective measures are available for treatment of high fever.

  • Cold water dip
  • Evaporating the body heat
  • Ice packings
  • Blankets to cool down body temperature
  • Medicines like Benzodiazepines can be used in some conditions