What is a fever?

A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature and is a part of our body's natural response to infection. The average normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When your body's temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it is a sign that your body is fighting infection and is generally not cause for concern. In these cases, a fever is the response you want your body to have since it means that it is healthy enough to fight infection. For this reason it is not always a good idea to try and bring a fever down too quickly. However, a fever that goes above 102 degrees Fahrenheit is a cause for concern, and treatment should be initiated.

Aside from an elevated temperature, chills, and aches, a lack of energy and a flush complexion are common symptoms experienced by people with a fever.