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Types And Symptoms Of Fever

Types And Symptoms Of Fever. Fever is an elevation of core body temperature more than  38  degree C (100.4 degree F) i.e. above the normal daily variation. An elevation of normal body temperature is called fever. When the normal temperature is elevated about normal patient is said to have pyrexia or fever. It is a common indication of illness.





Types And Symptoms Of Fever

Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degree F (37 degree C ), in practice a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 degree F (38 degree C ).. It happens in our daily life at all ages.  We should treat the right causes and symptoms without creating complications. Let’s take a look causes and symptoms of fever.

Types of fever

  1. Continued fever : Does not touch base line and remains elevated throughout the day. Temperature variation ( fluctuation ) not more than 1 degree C.

Example :

  • Enteric fever
  • Military TB
  • Lobar pneumonia
  • Drug fever
  • Malignant hyperthermia.

2. Remittent fever : Difference between the maximum and minimum daily temperature ( fluctuation ) is > 2 degree C. Temperature dose not touch base line eg. Most fever is of this type.

Example :

  • Lung abscess.
  • Amoebic liver abscess
  • Collection of pus in the tissue Infective endocarditis.

3. Intermittent fever : When the fever is present only for several hours during the day it is called intermittent fever. Sudden onset  (paroxysms ) of fever.

4. Quartan : When two days intervene between two consecutive attacks is Quartan ( every 4th day )

Example :

  • P. Malaria infection

5. Tertian : When fever comes on alternate days, it is tertian ( every 3rd day ).

Example :

  • P. Vivax
  • P. Ovalle Malaria

6. Quotidian : When a paroxysm of intermittent fever occurs daily the type is quotidian.

Example :

  •  Kala-azar ( double quotidian ).

Sign and symptoms of fever :

Depending on what’s causing fever, additional fever sign and symptoms may include :

  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Dehydration
  • General weakness

High fever between 103 degree F ( 39.4 degree C ) and 106 degree ( 41.1 degree C ) may cause :

  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Dehydration.


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