A normal body temperature fluctuates between 36.5 and 37.5˚C. At that temperature, all functions in your body work well. In general, your temperature is a bit lower in the morning and slightly higher in the evening. You have a fever if your body temperature is above 38˚C. Fever usually means that your immune system is fighting a pathogen. In some cases, fever is a side effect of certain medications, a symptom of an allergic reaction, inflammation or tumor, or a result of the use of certain party drugs, such as XTC. Did you know that you can also get a fever after having a vaccination?

Do you suspect that your complaints are caused by the coronavirus? Then contact your doctor by telephone .

For the most up-to-date and reliable information about the coronavirus, we refer you to the RIVM .

What does cold fever mean?

Cold fever is a term that is also used to indicate that someone has a fever. The term comes from the cold feeling associated with a fever. Although the name suggests otherwise, a temperature rise also occurs with a cold fever. Thus, a cold fever should not be confused with hypothermia.

What is the difference between fever and elevation?

When someone is sick, it is sometimes said that he or she has an increase. But when do you actually have a fever and when does it increase? If your body temperature fluctuates between 37.5 and 38˚C, then you have an increase. We only speak of fever from 38 vanafC degrees.

What are the symptoms of fever?

With a fever, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Glowing cheeks and a warm forehead
  • To sweat
  • Chills and cold feet
  • Headache
  • muscle strain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and loss of appetite

With a higher fever you can go delirious and you run the risk of dehydration .

How can you measure whether you have a fever?

You can only measure whether you really have a fever with a thermometer. Although fairly reliable ear thermometers are available today, it is best to use a rectal thermometer for the most reliable reading. Measurements under your tongue or under your armpit give a less reliable result. Before and after use, clean the thermometer with alcohol. Very fresh! 

Can you also measure fever without a thermometer?

No that is not possible. This way you cannot measure whether a person has a fever on a warm forehead. Are you unsure if you have a fever? Then measure your body temperature with a thermometer.

What to do in case of fever?

Fever is usually harmless and often goes away on its own. Only with a high fever (40 (C or higher) it is necessary to take action.

Do you have a fever? No worries. To feel a little less sick, you can do this:

Drink enough

An increased body temperature ensures that you sweat more and therefore lose a lot of fluid. Therefore drink at least 1.5-2 liters of water per day to maintain your moisture level and prevent dehydration .

Provide cooling

Wear airy clothing so that your body can dissipate the heat well. Also, do not lie under a thick duvet. A sheet is often sufficient. Keep your window ajar for cooling and fresh air. Note: cooling too quickly can in rare cases provoke a fever. You should not do this:

  • Take a cold shower.
  • Place a cold tea towel on your neck.
  • Sit on the draft.

take enough rest

If you have a fever, it is wise to get enough rest. Your body needs a lot of energy to get better again. You can’t hurt to get a breath of fresh air, but you should skip a visit to the gym. Sports with a fever is not only unwise, but can also be dangerous.

Take a fever-reducing pain reliever

Fever will go away on its own. Paracetamol or ibuprofen (NSAID) can help lower the fever, but it doesn’t make the fever pass more quickly. Paracetamol can also help against head and muscle pain . Note that ibuprofen (especially in the elderly) can cause an upset stomach. Acetaminophen generally has the fewest side effects. Always read the package leaflet before use.

Eat healthy and varied

If you have a fever, you are often less hungry. Nevertheless, it is important to eat enough, so that you get vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Certain vitamins and minerals contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system.

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