Is it the flu?!

Is it the flu?!

The flu is more commonly discussed among the public than ever before. While once a short-lived illness without any serious consequences, Ebola has changed this perspective, and travelers are screened at nearby hospitals in order to isolate those who may be infected with the virus. While most people who go through the screening and have a fever don’t end up having Ebola, they are isolated upon detection of a fever because of the common misconceptions regarding fever. A slight fever creates a lot of fever these days, but these 5 facts about fever can calm your fears.

  1. Normal temperatures fall within ranges, not numbers.

While the normal temperature for a healthy person child and adult is 98.6 degrees, when your temperature is above that number, it doesn’t always mean you have a fever. A healthy temperature can vary among each person, going slightly higher or lower than the average, depending on their normal temperature fluctuations or when changes are occurring within the body, like a women’s menstrual cycle. Experts say that 100.4F (38 degrees C) is considered a fever.

 

  1. Temperatures can be taken many different ways

While the original, Mercury filled, thermostats could only be used orally to take a temperature, they’ve been replaced by the digital devices that can be used in several different ways. These days, even digital thermometers have some competition, as newer devices can take your temperature anywhere on your body, using infrared ray technology to offer a precise temperature reading. This new technology offers temperatures from the mouth, forehead, top of the hand, and for children under 3, rectally. Taking the temperature and documenting it can help you determine if the temperature is rising.

 

  1. There are several causes for a fever

Many people think fevers are caused only by bacterial infections or viral infections, but this simply isn’t the truth. While illness is often the cause of a fever, certain forms of cancer and immune system disorders can also cause fevers to occur. When you have a fever, it’s important to monitor the duration of the fever and any additional side-effects you experience. If you have a fever alone, for a prolonged period of time, you may want to see your physician to rule out other health problems.

 

  1. You don’t have to treat every fever

While a fever can be scary, it doesn’t necessary mean you need treatment. Actually, some experts say that having a fever is a good thing when you are ill. When you have a fever, your body is working harder to fight off the disease, making it a good thing. When you are ill and feeling chill rather than warm, that can actually be the real cause for concern.

 

  1. In some cases, you can prevent fever

The flu shot is one effective tool that’s available to help prevent the rise and fall of fever during the winter months. Additionally, taking certain steps to keep yourself free from viruses and bacteria include; washing your hands, staying away from people who are sick, and maintaining a healthy diet in order to keep your immune system strong.