What is Fever ?

Fever needs no introduction – it’s the most common of all ailments and something that all of us are familiar with.
At Iris Hospital, the best hospital in Anand, we have parents bringing in children with a high 100 degree fever, especially at this time of the year. It’s really heartbreaking to see the little ones suffer so much.
Fortunately, we have a team of the best general physicians in Anand, who are fully capable of handling any contingency, such as a seasonal outbreak of fever.
We do realize that that there is a lot of misinformation spread about fever. The purpose of this article is to inform and educate, so that you know exactly what to expect when you or a loved one is diagnosed with fever.

First, a word about ourselves…
IRIS hospital is a modern multi-specialty hospital located in the outskirts of Anand city. It gives us great pride to have some of the best doctors in Anand working for us.
It really helps that we are situated away from all the noise and the traffic of the city, which gives our patients the peace and tranquility they need. It’s no surprise that we are considered by many to be the best hospital in Anand.

So, what is Fever?
Fever is called by many names – controlled hyperthermia and pyrexia are some of the common medical terms used to describe fever. The symptoms of fever are a rise in body temperature beyond the normal 36–37° Centigrade (98–100° Fahrenheit).
The high body temperature experienced during fever is actually one of the ways the body fights back against infection. In fact, doctors would tell you that there is nothing wrong with having a mild fever.

When you have a slight fever, it shows that your immune system is working really hard to stop the onset of a more dangerous disease. Mild fever helps neutralize the virus or the bacteria that are causing the infectious disease.

The problem is when the fever becomes really severe, which means it goes beyond 38° Centigrade (100.4° Fahrenheit). In that case, the patient has to be monitored regularly and care must be taken that the fever does not go much beyond this. High fever is dangerous and can lead to delirium, depression and seizures.

Symptoms of Fever

The symptoms of fever are well known to most of us – you feel cold when nobody else does. You’re shivering and sweating all the time; have a pronounced lack of appetite and suffer from dehydration. You feel tired, exhausted and lethargic. You lack focus, want to sleep all the time and can’t get much work done when you have fever.

Causes of Fever

Fever is generally caused by infections such as flu, chickenpox, strep throat and pneumonia. It can also be caused by dehydration, heat and overexposure to the sun or heat stroke (which is very common here in Gujarat). Fever can also be caused by strenuous physical exercise.

Treatment for Fever

Antipyretics are medications used to bring down fever. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol (paracetamol) can help bring down a mild fever.
But if the fever is severe, you should visit a general physician in Anand at the IRIS Hospital, who will prescribe a powerful antibiotic that will bring the fever down.
If your child has a fever, make sure that he or she drinks a lot of water. Dehydration is something that makes the fever worse. Complete rest is a must for those suffering from fever – no question of working when you are running a high temperature.
At IRIS Hopital, we have the very best Doctors in Anand. If you or a loved one is suffering from fever, book your appointment with one of our general physicians immediately. Don’t waste any time on that.

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