A fever also known as a high fever or a high temperature – is not by itself an illness. It is usually a symptom of an underlying condition, most often an infection.
Fever is usually associated with physical discomfort, and most people feel better when a fever is treated. But depending on your age, physical condition, and the underlying cause of your fever, you may or may not require medical treatment for the fever alone. Many experts believe that fever is a natural bodily defense against infection. There are also many non-infectious causes of fever.
In children with fever, accompanying symptoms such as lethargy, fussiness, poor appetite, sore throat, cough, ear pain, and diarrhea are important to relay to your doctor.
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?
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
- General weakness
For a low-grade fever, your doctor may not recommend treatment to lower your body temperature. For high grade fever, consult the doctor for the treatment.