Classic, frequent and ordinary, the fever is a symptom which is revealed by a temperature of abnormally high body, in the absence of intense physical exertion.
Indeed, the average normal temperature of the human body is 37 ° C.
Depending on the individual, it can vary between 36.5 ° C and 37.5 ° C.
We then speak of fever, when the body temperature (at rest) is greater than or equal to 38.0 ° C.
That it is revealed in a child or one adult, fever is usually an immediate response of the body after a infection.
As long as the thermometer does not display a body temperature exceeding 41 ° C, fever does not in itself represent a danger. It therefore does not require systematic treatment.
However, above 40 ° C, this increase in body temperature is qualified as a "major and immediate health risk", especially in young children. In this case, it is essential to consult a doctor.
But, can we overcome a fever thanks to plants ? Why ? When and how ? Overview ….
Fever: what to know about this symptom
Definition of fever:
Derived from Latin « febris ", the fever is defined as an abnormal rise in body temperature without exertion of the subject. Materialized with a thermometer, fever is revealed when it displays a temperature exceeding 38 ° C.
She is therefore a reply physiological of the body, in response to the possible changes or troubles of the body.
Fever in medicine: for the record
It was in 1868 that Karl Wunderlich (German physician) first introduced fever, characterizing it as a symptom and not a disease. He therefore established the normal temperature of the human body between 37 and 37.5 ° C.
About 150 years later, modern medicine questioned his work, explaining the fact that, as body temperature varies from one individual to another, setting it between 37.0 ° C and 37.5 ° C does not would not be suitable.
This year 2016 will therefore be a step forward in the validation of this controversy since scientists from Boston Children’s Hospital (USA) are conducting a study via Feverprints (an Apple application), collecting data from patients suffering from fever.
Causes and manifestations of fever
Abnormal rise in body temperature is usually the response to infection.
Indeed, following a infection (urinary or acute otitis media, for example), the body reacts by increasing its internal temperature to allow the white blood cells to be more powerful or even effective.
Often associated with pains, chills and stiffness, the fever can be linked to other symptoms to know :
- bronchopulmonary diseases
- a influenza
- ENT diseases (rhinitis, sinusitis, angina, nasopharyngitis, laryngitis).
Therefore, if these symptoms and disorders are followed - especially in children - by stiffness of the neck, hypotonia, confusion or even breathing difficulties, ...), it is imperative to to consult a doctor, especially if the fever has lasted for at least 72 hours.
In other cases, a fever may be the first warning sign of a disease infectious serious.
We will retain among others:
- kidney infection or pyelonephritis
- foreign bodies (graft, allergen).
- damage to a tissue or organ (heart attack, for example).
- taking certain medications
- cancer cells
- certain diseases (including lupus)
- or even a deep abscess.
While many cases of fever remain unexplained, some diseases systemic, tumor, haematological can be the cause.
Lower fever with plants
Like any form of symptom or disease, a case of fever proven should not be overlooked.
Even if it does not require urgent medical care (depending on the subject's age and medical history), it is essential to act in order to to do lower the fever.
It is advisable to begin by undressing the subject, lowering the temperature of the room in which he is located, removing the blankets, and hydrating him regularly.
There are also effective medicines for lowering fever.
But, what about treatments natural made of plants medicinal ?
Here is a few lines of what you need to know:
- very often used in the form of tisane in children, the lime tree is a plant medicinal febrifuge.
To prepare a cup of linden tea, measure a teaspoon of dried linden flowers to about 200 ml of water.
- whether he is in compressed or in capsule, the white willow is a febrifuge very effective. It is essential to seek the advice of a specialist for dosage suitable for fever.
- Indicated as capsule or in tisane, the Elderflower help eliminate toxins in the event of fever. As for its catch, the dosage adapted on a case by case basis is indicated by a specialist.
- Finally, the decoction of calendula is also one of the recipes of grandmother very often indicated to lower the fever.
Good to know about fever
In case of fever triggered by infectious diseases (flu), consider:
- avoid too heavy meals,
- stay at rest and warm in order to limit your efforts,
- hydrate yourself regularly (broth, sugary drinks, water or herbal teas).
Some diseases (Still's disease, hyperthyroidism, Kawasaki disease, lymphoma, Crohn's disease, leukemia, sarcoidosis) may provoke a flare-up of "isolated fever". Especially when it persists, having a notice medical fast is highly recommended.
Note that the sudden onset of fever following a intervention surgical, should not be overlooked. It is essential to to consult quickly your doctor for adequate care.