Fever refers to an elevation in body temperature. Technically, any body temperature above the normal oral measurement of 98.6 F (37 C) or the normal rectal temperature of 99 F (37.2 C) is considered to be elevated. However, these are averages, and one's normal body temperature may actually be 1 F (0.6 C) or more above or below the average of 98.6 F. Body temperature can also vary up to 1 F (0.6 C) throughout the day.
Fever is not considered medically significant until body temperature is above 100.4 F (38 C). Anything above normal but below 100.4 F (38 C) is considered a low-grade fever. Fever serves as one of the body's natural defenses against bacteria and viruses which cannot live at a higher temperature. For that reason, low fevers should normally go untreated, unless accompanied by troubling symptoms.
What are the signs and symptoms of a Fever? There are different symptoms of a fever. The symptoms of a fever depends on what is causing it. Sometimes a fever can cause a chill. A chill occurs because when the brain raises the body's "thermostat," the body responds by shivering to raise the temperature. Shivering produces heat in the body. Once the temperature goes up, the person often feels warm. When the fever goes away, the person may start to sweat.
Help for Viral Infections The best way of treating human viruses will depend on the strength of the individual’s immune system, their overall health status, age, the severity of the condition, and the type of viruses involved.
Minor illnesses caused by viral infections usually only require symptomatic treatment, while more severe conditions may require advanced medical treatment and sometimes even life-long treatment. A combination of treatment options such as conventional medicine, complementary therapy, and natural medicine can help to fight the infection, control the symptoms, and strengthen the immune response.
It is important to remember that treating human viruses cannot be accomplished through antibiotics, and the unnecessary use of antibiotics can weaken the immune system, thus increasing the likelihood of contracting another infection.
After Effects of Viral Infection Viral infections can last as long as two weeks, and after infection, it is important to get the immune system back on track. Eat foods rich in vitamins like oranges, carrots, kiwis, raisins, green beans and strawberries. Continue to drink plenty of fluids, and go easy on sweets, as they make the body acidic and pathogens thrive in this environment.
Start an exercise regimen, like walking, biking with the family or swimming. Take it easy on the body at first and allow breaks. Walking 20 minutes a day, without over-exertion, can help keep the body healthy and get back into optimum shape after a viral infection. The body is resilient and will continue to thrive in the right circumstances. Taking care of the immune system after a virus will not only allow for prime health but will help keep new viruses at bay.
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