The sweet smell of colitis

An odorless, greasy substance called a discharge is the body’s first line of defense against a germ. It’s also the body’s first line of defense against irritants, too-and if it can’t get rid of an irritating substance, it’ll eliminate the irritant.

It’s the discharge, not the bacteria, that can cause a fever.

With irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the body is constantly fighting against the gut’s flora. This can cause a fever because the body is stressed and unable to get rid of the irritants.

“It’s important to be aware of when you are sick and to be prepared to treat yourself before you see your doctor,” says Blevins.

You should also be prepared to have your temperature taken, he adds. “This will help your doctor determine if your fever is caused by a bacterial infection or an infection that you have not yet been diagnosed with.”

If you have a fever and you have a known infection, you will need to have the fever treated.

How to treat a fever?

If you have a fever, the first thing you should do is take it very seriously.

“When you have a fever, it’s important to make sure it doesn’t go above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius),” says Blevins.

For a fever higher than that, you should also take steps to lower it.

For example, if the temperature is above 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius), take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin).

If the temperature is above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), you should use an over-the-counter (OTC) antipyretic medication.

OTC antipyretics include:

  • Ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

These can be taken every 4 to 6 hours to reduce your fever.

Bacterial vs. viral infections

Bacterial infections are common in the stomach, and can cause a high temperature.

“Typically, a bacterial infection will start with an uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen. The person may also have a fever and feel tired. They may want to go to the bathroom more often,” says Blevins.

If a person has a bacterial infection, they may also have:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

“If a person has a bacterial infection, they will be treated with antibiotics,” he adds.

A viral infection, on the other hand, can cause a high fever.

“A viral infection can cause a high fever without actually causing a fever. When a fever is caused by a viral infection, it’s more likely to be caused by a cold or the flu,” says Blevins.

If a person has a viral infection, they may also experience:

  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • A sore throat
  • Swollen glands

Treating a viral infection

If you have a viral infection, you can treat it at home.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and pain relievers.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) for fever.

Your doctor may also prescribe antiviral medication to treat a viral infection.

“Antiviral medications are taken by mouth,” says Blevins. “They reduce the amount of virus in the body by reducing the number of viruses in the body.”

If your fever is caused by an infection, your doctor will give you medication for the infection.

Tips for managing a fever

If you have an infection, you should see a doctor for treatment.

“You can do a lot of things to treat a fever,” says Blevins.

“For example, you can take acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), or a combination of both. You can also use a lukewarm bath or a warm compress. You can try to keep the area clean and dry.”

If your body temperature is too high, you should also try to keep it cool.

“Keep the area cool with a cool compress or ice packs wrapped in a towel,” says Blevins. “You can also use a cool compress to keep the area cool. A cool compress can be used on the back, chest, and neck.”

If you are treating a fever for a bacterial infection, you should also take steps to keep it cool.

“You should also take steps to keep the area clean and dry,” says Blevins.

What to look for?

If you are sick with a bacterial infection, you may notice a fever. You should notify your doctor if you have a fever with any of the following symptoms:

  • A high fever that doesn’t go down.
  • A high fever without any other symptoms.
  • A fever that comes on suddenly.
  • A fever that lasts for more than 3 days.

Also, if you have a fever that lasts for more than 3 days, you should see your doctor.

“The longer the fever goes, the more likely it is that the fever is caused by something else,” says Blevins.

“If the fever is caused by something else, you should see your doctor to make sure it’s not a dangerous infection,” he adds.

Other symptoms to look for when sick with an infection include:

  • Pain or soreness in the abdomen.
  • A cough that produces mucus.
  • A rash or a skin infection.
  • A headache that comes on suddenly.
  • A sore throat.

If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

When should I see a doctor?

If you are sick with a fever, you should see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if you:

  • Have a fever that doesn’t go down.
  • Have a fever that lasts for more than 3 days.
  • Are confused or disoriented.
  • Are vomiting, or have a change in the amount of urine.

If your doctor doesn’t know what’s causing your fever, they may recommend certain tests.

These tests include:

  • Blood tests.
  • Chest X-ray.
  • Urinalysis.
  • Urine culture.
  • Stool culture.

Takeaway

Fever is a common symptom of an infection. A fever is when your body temperature is above 101 F.

A bacterial infection can also cause a high fever.

If you’re sick with a fever, you should see your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis.

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