Expert define having a fever as having a body temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius and above. Even a mild fever can be uncomfortable with other symptoms like body aches, burning eyes. It is tempting to take medications to relieve your fever and bring your temperature down. However, research have found out that it is advise not to suppress a fever without knowing its cause as it may cause more harm than good.
Fever is usually a sign that the immune system is working extremely hard. During an infection, the immune system raises the body’s temperature by secreting certain chemicals that increase the production and activity of immune cells. This slows down an invader’s ability to reproduce, resisting its attack. Indiscriminately lowering a fever may help make it more difficult for the immune system to overcome the infection. Fever medications have side effects including paracetamol, widely used clinically can lead to side effects like death of liver and kidney cells, neurotoxicity, and brain damage. Such side effects should not be overlooked as they associate with many death cases.