The normal body temperature in human beings is 37oC or 98.6 0F. When the body temperature is more than this normal level, the condition is called fever. Fever is not a disease. It is only a symptom of a disease. It is the reaction of the body to any type of infection. The increasing temperature indicates the level of severity of the disease.
The following diseases could be cause of fever
Respiratory infections like pneumonia and cold, cough, tonsillitis, bronchitis etc.
Urinary tract infections
Common fever symptoms
Body temperatures more than 37.5 oC or 1000 F
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite and tiredness
Simple tips to follow
The patient is to be kept in a well aerated room
Plenty of liquids is to be given
Clean and soft clothes are advisable to wear
Adequate rest is essential
A doctor is to be consulted when the temperature is above 39.5oC or 1030 F
or if the fever is continuous for more than 48 hours.
Type of food to be taken during fever
Plenty of clean and boiled water
To support the body with sufficient calories, its advisable to take glucose, health drinks, fruit juices etc
Easily digestible food such as Rice gruel, sago gruel, barley water etc are preferable
Milk, roti and bread
Mutton egg, butter, curds and food prepared with oil should be avoided.