Meaning Of A High Fever
The human body’s normal temperature ranges from 36.2- 37 degrees Celsius. Sometimes the body can be warmer than 37 degrees but it shouldn’t be over 38. 37.8 degrees is considered febrile. In this case the body is undergoing some sort of physical defense phenomenon to combat and ward off infection, whether the cause is viral, bacterial, or a combination of both. Fever is a normal response of the body to threats to the immune system, a way to signal the brain that something that shouldn’t be going on is actually in progress. Fever in most cases can be treated with ease accordingly, and this article will serve as a guide on what indicates a high-grade fever.
First of all, you may want to know that fever indicates an active and healthy immune system. It means that the body’s natural defenses are responding properly to antigens or foreign bodies that invade it. Fever, as opposed to what most people believe does not cause damage to the body or brain, but it’ll make you feel thirsty and the higher the fever, the more fluid intake the body will require of. Convulsions and seizures that are accompanied by very high fever among children and adolescents are caused by other factors that are not related to the fever. But the chances of getting seizures or worst, permanent brain damage especially in persons suffering from typhoid fever increases with high fever.
So it is imperative that heightened body temperature should be brought back to normal by methods that most people are very familiar with: sponge bath, more fluid intake and prescribed medication. High fever is indicative of so many ailments, from a mere respiratory infection to something very lethal like inflammation of the meninges and brain tissue. It can also be a cardinal sign of other diseases and conditions like tuberculosis which exhibits low-grade fever in late afternoon that subsides at night. So there you are. Try not to be alarmed if your child’s thermometer reading reads above 37 degrees. If you see fit, seek medical intervention immediately. Fever is a mechanism of the body, not a disease that ravages the systems. Consider it as a warning sign. Stay healthy!