Treating Fever in Covid-19
Fever in Covid-19 is one of the commonest symptoms associated with the disease. Another way of describing a high body temperature is using the word ‘Fever’.
Fevers are most commonly a result of an infection in the body though there are other conditions that could increase the body’s temperature.
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The normal body temperature ranges amongst people from about 36.6 deg (97.88F) to 37.2 deg C (98.96F).
When the temperature rises above 37.2 deg, we say they have a fever.
Mild fevers, also known as low-grade fever are classed from 37.2 deg C (98.96F) to 37.9 deg C (100.22F).
Significant temperature is usually considered by medical doctors to be one of 38 deg C (100.4F) and above.
Commonly, the fever associated with Covid-19 infection is one with a temperature above 37.8 deg.
You can tell you have a fever if your back or chest feels very hot to the touch using the back of your hand.
Many people with Covid-19 have reported also experiencing chills and intense shaking of the body.
Fever Can be Beneficial
Some of the benefits of fever are :
- It is thought that a fever serves as one of the body’s natural infection-fighting defences against germs which cannot live at higher temperatures.
- Some of the body’s defence mechanisms appear to work better at a high temperature.
A chill is a feeling of being cold, usually accompanied by shivering.
Chills tend to happen quite often when a person has a very high fever.
Many people with Covid-19 experience a range of temperature levels – some with or without chills.
Other Symptoms that Happen with most Fevers.
People have experienced other symptoms which usually occur alongside a fever with or without chills:
- Aching muscles and joints or other body aches
- Intermittent sweats or excessive sweating
- Rapid heart rate and/or palpitations
- Skin flushing or hot skin
- Feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded
- Eye pain or sore eyes
- Loss of appetite
Fever in Covid-19 could occur early in the illness or after a few days.
Treating Fever in Covid-19
The recommended remedy for fever medicine in Covid-19 is:
- Dress in very light clothing
- Take antipyretic medicines such as Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, or Tylenol.
- Reports have emerged regarding the use of Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs like Ibuprofen (Advil) or Neurofen in people with Covid-19.
- The reports suggested some adverse effects experienced by users although it is not clear that Ibuprofen is directly responsible.
- The WHO has stated there are it does not recommend stopping Ibuprofen since there are no verified data on any new adverse effects from Ibuprofen in people with Covid-19, but most health authorities, with an abundance of caution advise against using Neurofen if you have Covid-19.
- If you have allergies to, or cannot take paracetamol, speak directly with your doctor to consider alternatives that would be more suitable for you.
- Most times, the fever will settle for a few hours but it may come back – particularly early or during the mid-phase of the disease.
- Paracetamol may also help with the other feelings of ill health already listed.
- Another very important treatment is taking plenty of water.
- During a fever, excessive sweating happens so the body loses necessary fluid.
- Drinking plenty of water, in particular, will help to replace the fluid loss from the body – and also improve one’s feeling of ill health.
If you have any questions on how to manage your fever or associated symptoms – ask here.
Learn more about Covid-19 here. Learn about other symptoms of Covid-19 here.
If you are pregnant and worried about Covid-19, read here. You may also find our analysis on Paracetamol Safety in Pregnancy useful.
Read about fever in children here.
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