Fever and Sweating
Fever is one of the most common responses by the body’s immune system against any kind of infection. The rationale for this is that as the body increases its temperature, the perceived threat will be affected. For instance, if virus is infecting the body, the increase in temperature will affect its replication so that it will soon dwindle in numbers.
Fever is among the first signs that something is wrong with the body. Still, although it is a normal response, it must not be taken for granted. Very high fever can not only affect the invading pathogens but could also have ill effects in the body. Enzymes and other necessary substances in the body can also be altered by high temperatures.
It is, therefore, important to bring the body temperature down. Well, the body also has its own mechanism for controlling high temperatures – through sweating. This is often the reason why fever and sweating often go hand in hand.
Fever and Sweating Causes
The following are some of the possible reasons why the patient will experience both fever and sweating:
- Infection. This infection can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or other pathogens. The immune system will try to get rid of these pathogens, with the natural response of increasing the body temperature.
- Allergic reaction to food, drugs, allergens, or others.
- Ingestion of toxins and chemicals.
- Side effect to certain medications.
- Side effect to immunizations.
- Inflammatory ailments. A good example is rheumatoid arthritis.
- Extreme sunburn
- Heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Other reasons that may be difficult to pinpoint.
Fever and Sweating Symptoms
The following are the most common symptoms of fever and sweating:
- High body temperature. This is characterized as a temperature higher than the normal range. This often means a reading higher than 98.6 F (37 C). Still, some people have naturally high temperatures so that the much higher values are required before the condition can be described as fever.
- Shivering and chills.
- General feeling of weakness.
- Aching muscles
Very high fevers can cause the following symptoms:
- Very high body temperature. The thermometer reading can reach up to 106 F (41.1 C) although the most common is below this temperature but higher than 103 F (39.4 C).
- Confusion or lack of coordination.