Fever Fear: Is It As Scary As It Seems?
By Genevieve Cunningham
For a lot of people, fever is a scary concept. When we run fever, we know we're truly sick. When our kids run fever, we do whatever we can to keep them comfortable and to get the temperature down. But in the past few years, fever has become almost a phobia. We're so afraid of what a fever means, we tend to panic when it sets in. But should we? Or is fever just another symptom to keep an eye on? If you've found that fever strikes a little panic inside, take a look at the truth about fever and its place in your health.
Is Fever Bad?
Fever is a part of your body's immune response. When we run a fever, it means that the immune system is working -- and this is a good thing! The body raises its temperature in order to fight off the invading germ, whether that's bacteria, virus, or something else. In most cases, the fever helps to kill off the bad germs, leading us back to better health and into recovery.
Should You Treat It?
Most doctors agree that a mild to moderate fever can be left alone. When a fever gets high, it's best to bring it down with an over-the-counter medication. Why? Because excessively high temperatures can lead to hallucinations and long-term brain damage. But typical fevers don't reach this level of danger, and leaving them alone -- except to alleviate any discomfort that they cause -- may be the best course of action to allow your immune system to do its job.
Always Ask Your Doctor
Even if you understand the purpose of a fever, it can still be scary to experience it for yourself. If you ever have concerns, your best course of action is to see your doctor. The doctor can tell you the cause of the fever, and they can also tell you how to treat it. Sometimes fever can only be treated by treating the underlying condition -- such as bacteria. Other times, you have to let it take its course, such as a virus. Either way, your personal healthcare professional is the best choice for treating any kind of sickness or ailment -- whether it's fever inducing or not.
Fever isn't necessarily something to be feared. Should it be alarming? Yes. Should it be managed? Yes. But should you panic? In most cases, absolutely not. Work with your doctor to find the cause, treat your illness and your fever if necessary, and you'll be back to feeling your best in no time at all.
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