Here’s a link to an interesting article on the pathophysiology, and more importantly, the significance of febrile illnesses.
Many people are terrified of fever, especially in children, with no real justification. The key takeaways are that you should only worry about elevated temperatures if your patient
- Has a neurological malformation of the hypothalamaus; or
- Has suffered environmental hypothermia; or
- Is taking certain uncommon medications which can inhibit temperature regulation
For everyone else, relax! Fever is a normal part of the healing process. There is no need to interfere in this natural process unless the patient is unreasonably pained or uncomfortable.