The normal body temperature is considered as 37° C (98.6° F) although it can vary due to different reasons, For instance, body temperatures taken at different locations of the body very slightly
The oral temperature may be higher than the rectal temperature.
It's the body's protective mechanism against infection. The elevation in temperature happens when our immune system is fighting off bacteria and viruses that could harm our body. Fever is our strongest weapon in the fight against infections or diseases.
There are times when there are fever symptoms in adults but no fever appears. If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, but do not develop a fever, you should contact your doctor who will then recommend more tests to diagnose what the actual cause of the problem is.
It is important to do so, even if you feel better, so as to avoid any health problems later on. It could be that you had a bacterial infection that has not yet cleared up completely. There is also a chance that you could have developed SEPSIS. Although vigorous exercise, in which the muscles generate heat faster than the body can dissipate it, can cause a temporary rise in temperature.
Causes of body pain and tiredness
- In most cases, a fever is caused by an underlying illness or infection. As the immune system fights off an infection, it generates heat, which results in an increased body temperature. In addition, the hypothalamus (that acts as the body’s thermostat) increases the body’s baseline temperature.
- This raised body temperature assists the immune system in ridding the body of illness as the viruses and bacteria that cause them thrive in cooler environments and generally cannot withstand high temperature. The causes of a fever may range widely from common teething in infants and a bout of flu, to more serious conditions such as pneumonia, glandular fever, sunburn, and heatstroke.
- They may even occur as a result of certain medications including some antibiotics, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs. It is therefore always important to monitor a fever and seek medical attention if it increases rapidly, or persists so that a correct diagnosis can be achieved.