What is Fever?
What is Fever? Fever is a condition when the body temperature is above 38 degrees celsius. Fever is part of the immune process that is fighting infections due to viruses, bacteria, or parasites. In addition, fever may also occur in conditions of hyperthyroidism, arthritis, or due to the use of some types of drugs, including antibiotics. The increase in body temperature due to the consumption of this drug is called a drug fever or “drug fever”.
Although sometimes worrisome, high fever does not necessarily signify that you are suffering from a serious illness. Fever is often found in cases of infections of children are often not dangerous. In fact, fever is a sign that the immune system is trying to fight off the infection.
Fever is not a disease, but a symptom that often accompanies a self-limiting disease without the need for treatment, such as a cold or a cold. Therefore, the fever will disappear by itself when the underlying disease is healed. But to treat a more severe fever, some of the febrifuge drugs can be bought freely at the pharmacy. Read the rules of use and follow the recommended dosage.
The symptoms that accompany the fever depend on the cause of the fever itself. The following are examples of symptoms that can accompany a fever:
- Cold sweat
- Sore throat
- Pain to the ear
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling tired
Examination of the most appropriate body temperature is to use a thermometer. Do not rely on hand-picking to make sure the fever or not. Fever is not necessarily a serious condition, but you need to be alert if your body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius and you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- The neck feels stiff and the eyes become very sensitive to light
- Vomiting constantly
- Appears reddish spots on the skin
- Hard to breathe
- Constantly drowsy
- If you / your child is in pain
- Children do not want to drink and rarely urinate.
Call your doctor or hospital immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.
How to Use a Correct Thermometer Fever
There are several types of thermometers available in Indonesia today, including mercury thermometers, ear thermometers, and digital thermometers. Among the three, most digital thermometers are chosen because in addition to economical, its use is also easy and the results are quite accurate. Therefore, the following will be discussed on the most appropriate way to use a digital thermometer.
Digital thermometers can be applied to three parts of the body: mouth, armpits, and anus. Make sure that you do not use the same thermometer to measure the temperature in the anus with the temperature in the armpit or mouth. Here are simple steps you can follow to use a digital thermometer:
- Wash your hands with soap and then rinse and dry thoroughly.
- Clean your thermometer, either by washing it in warm water or using cotton alcohol.
- Turn on your thermometer by pressing the existing button, and wait until the on-screen note stops flashing.
- Place the thermometer in the armpit.
- Hold the thermometer in the same position for approximately 40 seconds or until the thermometer goes off.
- Take the thermometer from the armpits, then read the inscription on the screen. The number shown indicates the person’s body temperature.
- Clean back the thermometer using cold water or by using an alcohol cotton.