Reference Article

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fever

Fever is a frequent medical symptom that describes an increase in internal body temperature to levels that are above normal (37 degrees Celsius, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Fever is most accurately characterized as a temporary elevation in the body’s thermoregulatory set-point, which is usually by about 1-2 degrees Celsius.

In hospitals fever is daily recorded with fever charts.

The elevation in thermoregulatory set-point means that the previous "normal body temperature" is considered hypothermic, and effector mechanisms kick in.

The person who is developing the fever has a cold sensation, and an increase in heart rate, muscle tone and shivering attempt to counteract the perceived hypothermia, thereby reaching the new thermoregulatory set-point.

Note: This article excerpts material from the Wikipedia article "Fever", which is released under the GNU Free Documentation License.

See the following related content on ScienceDaily:


Related Videos

last updated on 2014-11-28 at 4:45 am EST

Brazil's "Mutant" Mosquitoes Attack Disease

Brazil's "Mutant" Mosquitoes Attack Disease

France 24 (July 4, 2013) Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in Brazil over the next few months under an ambitious approach to tackle dengue fever, the world's fastest spreading tropical disease. Scientists have added a gene to the dengue-spreading insect which renders it capable of destroying its own species.
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dengue Emergency Declared in Northwestern Pakistan

Dengue Emergency Declared in Northwestern Pakistan

AFP (Sep. 26, 2013) Authorities in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley have declared a health emergency after nearly 5,000 cases of dengue fever were reported in a month.
Powered by NewsLook.com
Delhi Hospitals Overflow With Hidden Dengue Epidemic

Delhi Hospitals Overflow With Hidden Dengue Epidemic

AFP (Oct. 20, 2013) Dengue fever, one of the world's major mosquito-borne diseases, infects thousands in the Indian capital each summer. But this year numbers are on the rise and hospitals are overflowing with sufferers.
Powered by NewsLook.com
Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Spotted in Several Cali. Towns

Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Spotted in Several Cali. Towns

Newsy (Oct. 19, 2013) California officials announced this week they have spotted two types of mosquitoes in the state known to carry yellow fever and dengue.
Powered by NewsLook.com

Related Stories


Share This



Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins