Fever, also known as pyrexia, is a condition in which there is an increase in the temperature of our body, in response to some illness or disease.
Normal range of body temperature of human body is between 36-37˚Celsius (C) that is 98-100˚ Farenheit (F).
Whenever body temperature goes beyond this range due to any infection and illness it is termed as fever or pyrexia. Fever is considered significant when temperature rises above 100 degree F. Significantly high rise of temperature (extreme hyperpyrexia) is a medical emergency.
Causes of Fever
Fever occurs as a result of body’s natural defense mechanism against foreign bodies like bacteria, fungi, viruses, toxins and drugs. The infectious agents, also called Pyrogens, signal the hypothalamus in the brain to increase the body temperature set point in order to help the body fight off the infection.
It can also occour due to any serious underlying non-infectious condition or as a result of some side effects:
- Kawasaki syndrome
- Drug effect (Drug induced Fever): penicillins, cephalosporins, antituberculars, quinidine, procainamide, methyldopa, and phenytoin.
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Autoimmune disorders: including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease
Some common infections that cause fever:
- Chicken pox
- Flu/Influenza/Common cold
- Streprococcal sore throat
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Ottitis media (ear infection)
- Fever symptoms
Rise of body temperature which is often associated with
- General malaise
- Body pain
- Inability to concentrate
- Burning in eyes
- Heavy eyes
- Muscular weakness
- Lack of energy
- Lack of interest
- Shivering or chilliness
- Confusion and hallucinations (with high fever)
Homeopathy treatment of fever symptoms
homeopathhic medicines for feverHomeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of homeopathic medicine for fever is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach.
This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.
The aim of homeopathic medicine for fever is not only to treat fever symptoms but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for fever symptoms treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation and modalities of the complaints.
For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person.
Apart from homeopathic remedies, cold sponging with water at normal room temperature, loosing clothes and covers can help bring down fever. Due care should be taken to maintain hydration. Very high fever may need hospitalization.