What is a fever and what are the causes?

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?

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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 .Read More

When should you see a doctor?

In most cases, fever is not a cause for alarm. Consult your doctor in the following cases:

  • If your body temperature exceeds 39.5˚C for several days.
  • If you experience shortness of breath or shortness of breath.
  • If you feel drowsy.
  • If you drink little (less than half of what you normally drink).
  • If you urinate little (less than twice a day) and / or your urine is dark in color.
  • If you have diabetes (diabetes).
  • If you’ve been in the tropics in the past four weeks.
  • If you get a fever again after a few fever-free days.
  • If your child is younger than six months or older than five years and suffers from febrile seizures.

What is an earlobe infection?

Earlobe inflammation is an inflammation of the earlobe, the lower, soft part of your auricle. The inflammation may be due to an infection (caused by a bacterium, for example), an allergy or a combination of the two. An inflamed earlobe often hurts when you touch it or when you sleep on your ear.

What are the symptoms of an inflamed earlobe?

In earlobe inflammation, the earlobe is red and swollen, and in some cases, fluid or pus comes out. You can also suffer from itching and / or pain around the inflammation. Sometimes blisters and crusts can also form on the earlobe. The scabs in particular cause the itching.

How does an inflamed earlobe develop?

Often an earlobe infection is caused by an (earring) hole in the earlobe or by wearing earrings. After making holes in the earlobe, an infection of the wound can develop. Even when working sterile when shooting the hole.

If you develop or already have an allergy to nickel, eczema can develop around a piece of jewelry that contains nickel. This eczema increases the chance that an infection will also occur because the skin is often damaged by the eczema.

Children with eczema often get a gap at the transition from the earlobe to the face. This gap is not caused by earrings, but can also ignite.

Is an inflamed earlobe serious and what can I expect?

An inflamed earlobe is not serious in principle, but you should pay attention to it to prevent the inflammation from getting worse. If you are allergic to nickel, wearing nickel-containing jewelry on the rest of your body can also cause persistent eczema.

When should I see a doctor?

In principle, you do not have to go to the doctor immediately with an inflamed earlobe. You can treat the inflammation well at home. If in doubt or if one of the situations below applies, it is advisable to contact your doctor:

  • If a fever occurs.
  • If the inflammation gets worse or does not go away.
  • If the inflammation spreads around the ear or if the lymph nodes around the ear swell.
  • If you suspect you have a nickel allergy.

What can you do about an inflamed earlobe yourself?

Is your earring the cause of the inflammation? For pain, swelling and pus formation, remove the earring and dab the earlobe with alcohol a few times a day. This can have a cleansing and cooling effect.

What are the general advice and precautions?

Be careful when making holes in your ear. Only have holes in your earlobe made by someone who works sterile; all kinds of bacteria can be transferred if you don’t do this. These bacteria can cause not only a local reaction or inflammation, but also general infections such as hepatitis or HIV.

After shooting the hole, the earlobe should be cleaned with a disinfectant liquid twice a day. With a nickel allergy, you should avoid nickel jewelry. These can lead to chronic eczema, also in other places on the body.