Fever in adults

Fever is a symptom of a variety of illnesses. Each of us surely has experienced the wave of heat, chills and exhaustion caused by fever in our lives. Tissue injury, bacterial or viral infection and many other causes can trigger your body to respond with a fever. Your body’s immune system defends against the “pyrogen” such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, drugs or hazardous toxins, with fever. Fever therefore is a signal that alarms you about the attack on your body. The symptoms accompanying the fever can help your doctor to identify the illness which causes the fever. Around 40 diseases show fever as one of their symptoms.

How should I care myself during the fever?
Depending on how high the actual body temperature of your child is, there are certain measures that you can take. Here are some tips that might be helpful:
In case of increased temperature (37.6 °C - 38.4 °C)
  • Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure you drink enough.
  • Check your body temperature at regular intervals.
  • When you recover, you do not need to take any further action.
In case of fever (38.5 °C - 38.9 °C)
  • Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure you drink enough.
  • Check your body temperature at regular intervals.
  • Only eat light, easily digestible food.
  • Take fever-reducing medicine if needed but only after consulting your GP (general practitioner) or other health care providers.
In case of high fever (39.0 °C and above)
  • Rest is important for recovery.
  • Make sure you drink enough.
  • Check your body temperature at regular intervals.
  • Only eat light, easily digestible food.
  • Take fever-reducing medicine if needed but only after consulting your GP (general practitioner) or other health care providers.
  • Lukewarm sponge baths may give you some relief of the fever.
Should I call the doctor?

It is not always necessary to contact your doctor because of increased temperature or a fever. Here is some help in deciding if you should call the doctor or not:

In case of fever contact your doctor:
  • If the fever is accompanied by diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
  • If the fever lasts for more than three days.
  • If the fever is reoccurring and relapsing.
  • If the fever does not decline in spite of fever reducing measures, such as Ibuprofen or Paracetamol.
Adults Fever