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Just about all of us has experienced an illness that is accompanied by a fever. We have also heard the saying “oh, you are burning up.” Our average, normal body temperature is 98.6° and when our bodies are battling any type of foreign entity (virus or bacteria) our core body temperature can elevate. Let us here at HPFY explain what a fever actually means and possibly dispel some myths you may have.
So, what exactly is a fever? Viruses, such as the flu, when they attack our body can cause a side effect known as a fever. Normally this is not life-threatening or even serious, but persistent fever can be an indication that something more serious is going on. This rise in body temperature is an indication that our immune system is battling some type of infection or illness. While this may seem pretty basic, there are some myths that could present some incorrect information and they can include:
Fever is a common sign of illness and not life-threatening. It actually plays a vital part in fighting off infections and illness. This is our immune system at work!!
The majority of the time dealing with a fever is not a matter of life or death. At the same time, it is a good idea to monitor and hopefully help your body lower your fever. Children in particular can be “cranky” due to a fever. Making them comfortable then becomes priority number one (possibly for your sanity)!! Some great ways you can monitor and reduce a fever can include:
Fever is our body’s way of saying something is up, but it is also our body’s way of doing battle with viruses and bacteria. While this may seem dangerous, it is totally normal. Most of the time rest and plenty of fluids can help our bodies fight off any pathogen. If your fever should persist for more than a few days you should consult your physician or pediatrician. Monitor or reduce your fever and get back to feeling well!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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