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When does one have a fever and when does it only have a high temperature?

We all know the typical fever symptoms. But what is actually the cause of the increased body temperature? Fever is a typical symptom of colds and is particularly common in children. Most of the time, the alarm bells ring for adults - after all, a fever is dangerous!

But that's not true. Fever is a normal defense reaction of the body to the invasion of bacilli. If an infection occurs, the body increases the temperature in order to strengthen the immune system.

So fever is a good thing in and of itself. However, when one speaks of a fever is very different. The limit is lower for young children than for teenagers and adults.

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Important: If you have recently had contact with people who are verifiably infected with the coronavirus and / or have recently been in a risk area and now have a fever, then call your family doctor immediately or call the medical on-call service on 116 117.

Avoid contact with other people until clarification. You can find more information about the coronavirus and what to do if there is justified suspicion here on the RKI website.

When does one speak of a fever? When did the temperature rise?

A body temperature between 36 and 37.4 degrees is normal. This fluctuates over the course of a day, for example it is usually higher after exercise. But if the temperature rises above 37.5 degrees, the question pops up for many, is that a fever? Or a higher temperature?

One speaks of increased temperature from 37.5 degrees. You have a slight fever when the temperature climbs above 38.1 degrees. At least adults, because children and babies are a special case.

When does one have a high fever?

Values ​​from 39 degrees apply here. From 40 degrees one speaks of a very high fever and from 41 degrees of extreme fever - but this is very rare.

When does one speak of fever in children?

As soon as the child's temperature rises, the parents worry. For good reason? In fact, the temperature limit for infants and toddlers is slightly lower: a temperature of 38 degrees or more is classified as a fever and you should consult a doctor. This is also recommended by the professional association of paediatricians e. V. (BVKJ).

Of course, fever-lowering measures, suppositories & CO. help fight fever in babies and toddlers. But better be on the safe side and consult a doctor if the body temperature of your protégé rises above the magical limits of 38 degrees.

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How is fever measured correctly?

Measurement in the ear, buttocks or under the armpit ... Where is the best place to measure a fever? There are various methods of determining and classifying a fever correctly and of knowing when it is actually a fever or just an elevated temperature.

The measurement in the bottom is most accurate. The use of clinical thermometers in the ear is often imprecise and is usually carried out incorrectly. The measurement under the armpit or in the mouth is also not as accurate as the rectal method (especially in children) and is often slightly lower.

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For reasons of hygiene, the same thermometer should never be used for different measuring methods. Nevertheless, it is important to clean the thermometer thoroughly after each use.

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When is a fever dangerous?

As we have seen, fever in itself is a good thing. But above a certain temperature it becomes dangerous. This applies to adults from a temperature of 39 degrees. If you have a high fever, you should definitely go to the doctor and take it easy. Because the body now needs all the energy to defend itself against the attack of bacilli and the like.

In infants and young children, fever should always be monitored closely and a doctor should be consulted.

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When should a fever be lowered?

A slight fever and a high temperature are harmless. This stimulates the immune system and fights the infection. But when should the fever be lowered? If the temperature rises to 39 degrees and more, antipyretic measures should be taken.

To lower the fever, there are, for example, the following options:

  • cold leg compresses
  • Linden blossom tea
  • Medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Important: If there is a well-founded suspicion of the coronavirus, you should contact your family doctor by phone and discuss how to proceed!

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What to do if you have a fever

Anti-fever measures are good. But with a fever, the body needs a lot of rest and little strain above all else.

We should do these 4 things when we have a fever:

  • drink a lot
  • sleep a lot
  • avoid physical strain
  • take a rest

And of course there are numerous home remedies for fever that help lower the temperature, such as foot baths, linden blossom tea or other fever-reducing tea drinks.

The content of this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a doctor's diagnosis. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Created on March 15, 2020
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