What is Fever?
Fever, also known as pyrexia and febrile response, This results in greater heat production and efforts to conserve heat. When the set-point temperature returns to normal a person feels hot, becomes flushed, and may begin to sweat. --> This is more common in young children. Fevers do not typically go higher than 41 to 42C.
A fever can be caused by many medical conditions ranging from the not serious to potentially serious. This includes viral, bacterial and parasitic infections such as the common cold, urinary tract infections, meningitis, malaria and appendicitis among others. Non-infectious causes include vasculitis, deep vein thrombosis, side effects of medication, and cancer among others.
Treatment to reduce fever is not required. Treatment; however, may increase comfort and help a person rest. Measures such as putting a cool damp cloth on the forehead and having a slightly warm bath may help. Hyperthermia does require treatment.
Fever is one of the most common medical signs.