Illnesses that cause fever

E-GUIDER | April 14, 2017 | Family health,Health care,Sicknesses

Confusion Between Different Illnesses That Cause Fever.

 Correctly speaking, a fever is a body temperature higher than normal. But a number of serious illnesses that cause higher temperature are called ‘fever’.

  To prevent or treat these diseases successfully, it is important to know how to tell one from another.
  Here are some of the important acute illnesses in which fever is an outstanding sign.


Begins with feeling weak, cold and shivery as the temperature rises. Fever may continue up and down for several days, unless treated, with sweating as the temperature falls, and shivering  (rigors) as it rises again. Occasionally malaria gives fever every second or third day. The sick person fells more or less well on the days between.


Begins like a cold. Temperature goes up little more each day. Pulse relatively slow. Sometimes diarrhea and dehydration. Trembling or delirium (mind wanders). Person very ill .


Similar to typhoid. Rash similar to that to measles, with tiny bruises.


Person loses appetite. Does not wish to eat or smoke. Wants to vomit (nausea). Eyes and skin turn yellow; urine orange or brown; stools whitish. Sometimes liver becomes large, tender. Mild fever, Person very weak.


Fast, shallow breathing. Temperature rises quickly. Cough with green, yellow, or bloody mucus. May be pain in chest. Person very ill .


Most common in children and teenagers. Pain I’m joints. High fever. Often comes after a sore throat. May be pain in the chest with shortness of breath. Or uncontrolled movements of arms and legs.

Brucellosis (undulante fever, Malta fever):

Begins slowly with tiredness, headache, and pains in the bones. Fever and sweating most common at night. Fever disappears for a few days only to come back again. This may go on for months or years.

Childbirth fever:

Begins a day or more after giving birth. Starts with a slight fever, which often rises later. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Pain and sometimes bleeding.

All of these illnesses can be dangerous. In addition to those shown here, there are many other diseases (especially in tropical countries) that may cause similar signs and fevers. These illnesses are not always easybto tell apart. Most are serious or dangerous. When possible—seek medical help.

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