Fever refers to a condition of the body in
which the temperature goes beyond the normal .It is also
characterized by disturbance in the normal functioning of the
systems. It is a common ailment, which occurs both in children
The average temperature of
a healthy body ranges between 98.4 degree F and 99.5 degree F.
It is liable to marginal variations, depending on the intake of
food, the amount of exercise, and the temperature of the body
occurs between the hours of 1.30 am to 7 a.m. and the highest
between 4p.m to 9 p.m.
Fever generally begins with slight shivering, pain in the head
and various parts of the body, thirst and great lassitude. The
flow of urine is scanty. As the fever rises, the pulse and
respiration become faster. Finally, there is profuse sweating, a
copious flow of concentrated urine, and general relief of
The term fever has a very wide application. It is the symptom of
a body’s fight against infection. It is one of the most common
features of the several diseases. In many cases, it is a
secondary symptom of the disordered state of the body with which
it is associated .the real cause of all fevers, including common
fever, however, is the accumulation of morbid matter in the
system due to wrong feeding habits and unhygienic conditions of
living. Fever is thus a natural attempt on the part of the body
to rid itself of toxic matter.
The patient should be put on a fruit
juice and water at the beginning of the treatment. The
procedure is to drink the juice of an orange in a glass
of warm water every two hours from 8am to 8 pm. After
the temperature has come down to normal for a few more
days. In this regimen, he should take three meals upon a
well balanced diet according to his age, with emphasis
on fresh fruits, and raw or lightly cooked vegetables.
While the patient is on an orange
juice fast, a warm water enema should be given daily to
cleanse the bowels. Cold compresses may be applied to
the head in case the temperature rises. Complete bed
rest is advisable.
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