There are many reasons why the body’s temperature can increase. Some of them are less serious than others. All fever signs should be taken seriously, as an elevated temperature is an indicator that something is wrong. Though the body temperature may return to normal in a couple days, it could also go the other direction, developing into a low grade fever in children and adults alike.
It is possible for a slightly elevated temperature to signal a brewing infection somewhere in the body.
If you have recently come in contact with someone suffering from a cold or flu, this may be the first sign that you’ve become infected. In this instance, the elevated temperature will be accompanied by or will be followed by body aches, sneezing, stuffy nose, and possible nausea or vomiting.
If you have no known health risks, you probably don’t need to rush off to the doctor. There is nothing you can do for a cold or flu virus, other than comfort measures.
These include drinking hot liquids, taking decongestants, and getting plenty of rest. If you have other health risks, this is a good time to at least make a call to your primary physician’s office. There may be over the counter medications you should avoid or signs to watch out for.
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Infection such as strep usually results in a high fever. However, if your only symptoms are severe sore throat and a feeling of fatigue, you should be screened for strep, as it is better to be treated with an antibiotic right away, then to pass the infection on to others.
Other infections may be present, such as urinary tract infection or blood poisoning. Urinary tract infections can sometimes be treated at home, by drinking cranberry juice to prevent bacteria from adhere to the walls of the urinary tract.
Drinking plenty of water may also help. If symptoms of frequent urination, difficulty urinating, and low back pain persist, it may be time to seek help and get treatment with something more effective.
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Blood poisoning typically occurs when an individual has been injured, resulting in an open would.
A cut from a can lid or something sharp can invite bacteria into the body to circulate. Look for pain, redness, and swelling in the affected area, along with low fever, as an indicator of early blood poisoning or cellulitis.
If you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the past 7-10 years, this would be a good time to have it updated.
Fever can accompany other, more serious health issues, like a swollen appendix, gallbladder problems, or an intestinal infection. Usually, a low grade fever will be present with initial symptoms, but will increase with the pain and discomfort.
If your increased temperature occurs with abdominal pain that is moderate to severe, it is best to seek medical attention.
A primary care physician can refer you to a specialist, if needed. He or she can also request any medical tests or x-rays needed to diagnose or rule out certain conditions.
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If this occurs on the weekend and the pain increases, it is best to seek the services of an emergency room or urgent care facility.
Sometimes, a slight increase in temperature will be a sign of autoimmune disorders, like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, or something related.
If you have a family history and have had prior symptoms, or have been evaluated by a Rheumatologist, you may need to be evaluated at the time the symptom occurs.
Depending on the type of autoimmune disorder, you may experience symptoms like joint pain and swelling, general abdominal pain, joint stiffness, and difficulty with movement.
You may also have problems with vision, dizziness, balance, and short term memory impairment.
If you have been working outdoors in hot weather for several hours, or have been physically active, a low temperature fever may be a sign of dehydration setting it.
Drinking fluids can help with this, but rest may also be in order. Severe dehydration may require medical attention, to rehydrate the body with IV fluids.
There are many reasons why one might experience low grade temperature.
None of them are normal, but some are less worrisome than others. You should always be on the alert, if you or a loved one is experiencing a low grade fever.