The Truth About A Fever

thermometerThere has never been a more commonly misunderstood physiological phenomena than a fever. There has been so much “hand-me-down” knowledge about this that many people have a completely wrong idea about a fever altogether. It is often seen as a thing to cause trouble and worry, but that’s actually quite far from the truth.

A fever is your body’s natural response to a viral infection. You body turns up the heat in an effort to “burn out” the virus. So while many people turn to a fever reducer at the first sign of any fever, they are actually hindering the body’s natural process in dealing with the virus. Many claim that a fever can cause brain damage, and while this is true, your fever would have to be well over 105 degrees to cause any real damage. So even a high fever of about 102 or 103 isn’t necessarily something to be alarmed about.

Another common misconception is that one needs to “starve a fever“. This comes from the fact that when one eats, their metabolism kicks in and their temperature goes up. This is thought to be making the fever worse and so eating is traditionally avoided. In reality, all that you are actually doing is depriving your body of energy and nutrients that it needs in order to fight the virus. Sure, your metabolism raises your body temperature, but you need to eat to keep your strength up. So don’t change your eating habits when you have a fever.

When you have a fever, it is important to check your temperature regularly to ensure that your fever is within normal limits (you can get a thermometer at, get plenty of rest and trust your body in that it knows what it’s doing to bring you back to full health again.