Is Fever Good for You?

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Why fever is good for you

The common reaction to a fever is that of fear, and we do everything we can to try and reduce it because we feel the body getting hotter than it is supposed to. However, if we look at the whole picture and understand why we get a fever, we can see that it is a natural occurrence. It is the body’s way of sending a signal that something is not right. A fever indicates the presence of an infection in the body.

When they occur in children, fevers are often a cause for concern for parents who often shove different medicines down their throats, but this practice could actually be causing more harm than good. There have been different reports of how anxious parents have alternated Tylenol with Ibuprofen, which could create a huge set of problems in children, perhaps even leading to death in extreme cases. While pharmaceutical companies do make a big deal about reducing fevers, to a certain extent, fevers can be left as they are if the child is healthy, active, and comfortable. Fever reducing medication is only meant to decrease the discomfort of the child.

Why does fever occur?

A fever could occur for various reasons, but the most common causes include infections, medications, vaccinations, and teething in small children. However, the actual reason as to why a fever occurs is because the raised body temperature can kill viruses and other germs that can cause severe harm. It’s a known fact that white blood cells in our body work better when the body temperature is high, and so, the fever is actually aiding them. By trying to reduce fever, we are only doing ourselves more harm than good.

Nevertheless, many people worry that high fevers can cause brain damage or other problems such as hearing loss, but this isn’t quite true. These things could occur because of some other illnesses that have accompanied the fever.

A look at some instances in nature will also reveal that fever is nature’s way of fighting infections. In an experiment conduced on desert iguanas, they were introduced to bacteria, and since lizards are cold-blooded animals, their body temperature is sensitive to their surroundings. Some iguanas were allowed to sit in the sunshine to raise their body temperatures, while some weren’t. It’s not surprising that those who consciously developed the fever had better chances of survival as compared to those who didn’t.

When should you get concerned about a fever?

The normal human body temperature is 98.6 F and anything above 106F is extremely serious and requires medical attention. In the case of infants who are younger than 3 months, a fever of 100.4F is a cause for alarm. A good way to increase the chances of reducing their fever is to breastfeed them while waiting for treatment, as this releases antibodies that are present in the milk. For other people, a fever of more than 102F should always be treated as something that requires medical attention.

A fever also usually acts as a signal that something else is wrong with the body. Most people tend to think of the fever as the disease and do not realize that it also acts as the signal for something that could be more serious and life threatening.

A fever that does not go away in a couple of days could mean that there’s some deep-rooted infection and is something that needs to be taken care of. If the fever hasn’t gone away in a couple of days, then it’s best to consult a doctor to see what course of action should be taken. Not only does a fever help in fighting an infection, but it also acts a signal for a greater infection that needs to be treated. So, while you shouldn’t ply children or adults with medicines that are meant to reduce body temperature, you shouldn’t ignore a fever either, because it is one of the surest signals that the body can give us that all is not as it should be.

What to do when faced with a fever

A fever doesn’t always mean that you have to get out your Tylenol bottles from the medicine cabinet. Drink plenty of fluids, because the body gets dehydrated as a result of high body temperature, which in turn leads to a lot of discomfort. It’s also a good idea to reduce the intake of sugary foods because these can hamper the functioning of the immune system and will not help in fighting the infection.

As far as diet is concerned, offer something light and easily digestible to those with fever so that they can keep up their strength, because while fever as a whole is good, it can be quite debilitating as well.

References

http://www.naturalnews.com/031467_fevers_health.html

http://www.health-bytes.com/fever.htm

http://www.djur.cob.lu.se/Djurartiklar/Feber.html

 

Is Fever Good for You?
Is Fever Good for You?

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Is Fever Good for You?
  • alan

    a fever is bad for you period. generaly a fever starts, symptoms follow when it comes to disease.
    a fever is not your body fighting infection, it is a sign toxins in the form of hot gasses
    and fluids enter your bloodstream while water and oxygen content are ejected.
    101 degrees= temp water rapidly evaporates/boils.
    101 degree fever temp= temp bodyfluids in body evaporate rapidly, wich includes blood.
    your body is 97% percent water, since your blood supply is the most abundant fluid, this is the most obvious place for the water to reside.
    a fever is also the cause of dehydration.
    you should check during diearea and sweating, fever should be present (esp before diearea).
    a fever is your bodys response to thingt heat it up. exhaustion and coma are the general result of extended fevers through rapid weight loss affecting the heart, lowering bodytemp and bloodpressure after rising.
    you can also get a high level fever from extended use of
    .
    1. drugs.that amp heartrate causing it to rise. when a fever is present a rising increased speed
    heartrate should be also along with rising boydtemp. your heartrate and envirnonmental/chemical/fluid heat sources can raise your bodytemp. .
    2. drinking hard alcohol ( or mild alcohol) esp if walking during drinking. this can be proven
    if you take your fever while getting a buzz and getting warm and hot drinking esp when sweating. the more you drink the higher your fever will get, the increase.
    3. hot invornments. sweat lodges and hot tubs both can cause fever if water is warm enough and stay is long enough wich is why you tire.
    4. smoking (weed or regular) as this blocks oxygen to your body deteroiating your lungs, you lack the ability to cool off as well as get oxygen you need to breath wich raises excersize walking fever levels.
    5. basicaly anything that makes you sweat or increases the speed of your heartrate abnormaly. this may also include large caloric amounts for overweight people wich is why rising high blood pressure is present.

    A FEVER IS EITHER GOOD FOR YOU OR IT ISNT.

    If your on a long journey bring food, water and cool your body down and remember to read about the spartan warrior who yelled nike at the battle of marathon. its likely he had a high level excersize induced fever wich is why he died. . the problem is that excersize fanatics generaly want to not recognize that like steroids and boob jobs, not everything that makes us look good is healthy.
    its likely this has been missed in some cases as the medical community makes drugs easy to pass by having test done with thier subjects lying all day instead of not recognizing that smoking and drinking likely spike walking excersize induced fever level causing rapid weight loss. weight loss cause causes fatigue, chronic fatigue that is not normal time to sleep needs to be taken seriously as do rapid bodytemperature drops and bloodpressure drops/slowdowns.
    remember your bodyfluids that include your bloodsupply are being evaporated when heated.

    when vomiting, sweating, diearea are present, these are times you should see rapid weightloss occuring, wich causes fatigue.
    I hope in 1,000 years you guys get this right. .

    thier is no way whatsoever for a standard person to tell if they have a viral infection or excersized induced fever so running yourself hot and tired all the time probably isnt the best idea and cardio probably makes you more suseptable to temp increases.

    imagine your 80 years old grandma. you just excersized and walked 3 miles. your sweating, you have chills, you dont feel very well and are chronicaly fatigued. oh well you think and go home and think, i just walked 3 miles, its nothing. the reality is you have malaria or some other ailement and go home, go into a coma and die.

    its likely that sweating increases bodytemp by blocking pores, so be sure and dry someone off sweating and keep them cool, not cold to avoid hypothermia. cold drinks with ice and cold foods and check your temp before eating at any time will help you avoid food poisioning temp changes as if you get food poisioning when you have a 98 degree excersize induced fever its probably going to be worse than eating when your at a normal 95-6 ish.

    • Jasper

      A fever is good for you; its a way for your body to fight back. And dude, your whole post becomes instantly invalid as your body is NOT 97% water. It’s much closer to around 70%. Most of your post relies on specific situations rather than examples, which only increases its unreliability. For example, your 80 year old grandma relies on the grandma experiencing chills and fatigue, which are separate symptoms that may or may not occur with a fever. For someone of that age, it is actually a pretty excruciating activity to walk such a distance, which would obviously make them sweat from the increased heart rate and thus a higher body temperature along with the high environmental temperature. Cardio is a very good way to strengthen your cardiovascular system. Just because you run 20 minutes every morning does not mean your body temperature stays that the whole day. With a proper cool down afterwards, your temperature quickly returns to normal. Plus, I’m sure any runner, myself included, knows the difference from the temperature increase from running than the temperature increase from a fever.

    • Bonny

      I hope you get a lot more educated than this.

      • Bonny

        oops that was directed towards Alan.

  • alan

    diarea (did not spellcheck) is also a sign that overeating is occuring with too much fuid content during eating as is constipation.(with lack of fluids and overeating being probable cause). if food poisioning is suspect inducing vomiting having stomach pumped in addition to an enema might be needed. if hemmoroids are present its likely these are caused by the rectum strainging during overeating and stool blockage may be present and an enema helpfull. hope that helps. if someone is vomiting having them hold thier nose as smells and gasses from food heating up inside stomach may be the cause of both breathing and vomiting problems in addition to oxygen is likely lost, not gained during sweating in both excersize and fever.. if your sweating during eating, stop as food poisining may be suspect as poisioning likley also induces fever.

    remember kids a fever is just your body overheating from warm gasses and bodyfluids in addition to invornment and heart induced friction generated heat (through shaking) and is a sign toxins are being released into your bloodsteam in additoin to bodyfluids including blood supply being evaporated. viral infection deaths should see weight drop in the equavialent of dangerous blood loss weight loss.(blanking on the exact amount). cheers! if your trying to loose weight i recommend mild fasting in a cool invornment to avoid dehydration rather than advanced cardio.

  • alan

    make sure all they can do is dry heave. wait until temp is normalized before giving them anything to eat esp something hot unless its cold and caloric like milk.