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Everything You Need to Know About Fevers: Causes and Symptoms

Centigrade is a temperature scale that uses 0 degrees and 100 degrees as the reference points for freezing and boiling for water. To convert Centigrade to Fahrenheit, you can multiply by 1.8 and then add 32.

Centigrade is also used to measure body temperature. A person has a fever when their body temperature goes above the normal range of 36 degrees to 37 degrees Centigrade, or 98 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your body temperature may vary due to factors like eating, exercise, sleeping, and even the time of day. It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the later afternoon into the evening. The most common ways to check body temperature for a fever is using an oral, rectal, or axillary thermometer.

Lately, you can also see people using laser temperature guns to measure human temperature remotely. While slightly less accurate than conventional thermometers, they're the safest choice for getting a temperature reading without coming into contact with the person whose temperature you're measuring.

Symptoms of a fever

One of the most obvious symptoms of a fever is a high body temperature. Other symptoms include shivering, feeling cold when no one else does, loss of appetite, dehydration, lethargy, drowsiness, sweating, headaches, weakness, hot skin, and aching muscles and joints.

Dangerously high fevers can bring symptoms like hallucinations or confusion. These symptoms only come in fevers that are higher than 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Centigrade.

In children between three and 24 months old, they will appear to be extremely fussy, and they could experience a sore throat, cough, earache, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Potenial Causes of a fever

There are many different factors that have a potential to cause a fever. These include things like infection, medication, some arthritis, overexposure to sunlight, dehydration, alcohol withdrawal, inflammatory diseases, blood clots, food poisoning, cancers, seizures, and a virus.

For infants and young children, a fever can be used by teething or immunizations like diphtheria or tetanus.

It is important not to ignore the signs of a fever as a fever can be potentially dangerous. Infants and children need to go to the doctor if their temperatures are only slightly above normal, whereas adults can wait until they are a little bit more above normal. For example, An infant should see a doctor if their temperature goes above 100.4 degrees F or 38 degrees C. Children should see a doctor if their temperature exceeds 102.2 F or 39 C, and adults should go if their temperature is above 103 F or 39 C. Seeking out a doctor is important to avoid a medical emergency.
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