Why is Fever good for you!

A rise in temperature is an indication of an inflammation or an infection.

This is an attempt of the body to fight off infection, ensure survival and maintain function.

Fever is a good thing and it helps get over infections faster if it is not suppressed using chemical medications.

Suppression of fever is one of the major causes of a weak immune function.

If you avoid short term chemical symptom control measures and allow the body to heal itself naturally with the help of remedies, you would be amazed at how healthy it gets over time.

By allowing fever to do its job, you enable the immune system to learn how to fight off infections the next time it faces a virus or a bacteria.

Even with natural remedies, it is important to understand when to treat something. The solution is not always in medicines. Your way of thinking should be in alignment with the natural process of healing. For millions of years, the human body has evolved to learn to cope with stresses, disease causing organisms, bad food, environmental challenges, poisons etc. It has an incredibly robust healing and repair mechanism. This is the most valuable asset we possess without which we have no way of surviving.

Chemical interventions are useful only for life threatening emergencies and should be the last resort when all else fails. And even in these critical situations, it is your own healing ability that keeps you alive and helps you recover.

One should do everything to preserve and protect this wonderful healing ability that we all have.

So should fever alone be treated?

No. Fever on its own should not be treated. It is only a sign of the body fighting off an infection and is an important and helpful component in this effort.

Temperature ranging from 37.5 to 38.5 is considered mild fever, 38.6 to 39.8 moderate and 39.9 to 42 as high fever. Fever alone should not be treated unless it exceeds 39.5C AND comes with other troublesome symptoms like excessive pain, sleeplessness or extreme lethargy.

It is rare to have a fever exceeding 41C, and even then, a fever reducer should only be used if other distressing symptoms are present intake of fluids, extremely low energy levels or intense pain or discomfort. If the person seems fine, fever is nothing to worry about.

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