What are the temperature jumps talking about?
A slightly elevated temperature, which does not decrease at all, and from time to time jumps – how to relate to it? How to treat and whether to do it at all? And is it worth it to cancel walks on weekends, skis, skates, and other winter joys every time?
Where did you jump?
We all know that normal body temperature is 36.6 ° C. In fact, this indicator in the same person changes in different periods of life.
For example, a thermometer gives various numbers for a month, even with full health. This is typical mainly for girls. Their body temperature usually rises slightly during ovulation and normalizes with the onset of menstruation.
But fluctuations can occur within one day. In the morning, immediately after waking up, the temperature is minimal, and in the evening it usually rises half a degree. Stress, food, physical activity, taking a bath or drinking hot (as well as strong) drinks, staying on the beach, too warm clothes, an emotional outburst and much more can cause a small temperature jump.
And then there are people for whom the normal value of the mark on the thermometer is not 36.6, but 37 ° C or even slightly higher. As a rule, this applies to asthenic young men and women who, in addition to their delicate physique, also have a vulnerable emotional organization. Subfebrile condition is not uncommon, especially in children: according to statistics, almost every fourth child from 10 to 15 years old is distinguished by this. Usually such children are somewhat closed and slow, apathetic or, conversely, anxious and irritable.
But in adults, this phenomenon is not one of a number of unique ones. However, blame everything on the individual characteristics of the body is not worth it. Therefore, if the usual body temperature was always normal and suddenly the measurements taken by the same thermometer for a long time and at different times of the day began to show higher numbers than always, there is cause for concern.
Where do the legs grow from the “tail”?
An elevated temperature usually indicates an inflammatory process or infection. But sometimes the readings of the thermometer remain above the norm even after recovery. Moreover, this may last several months. So the syndrome of post-viral asthenia is often expressed. Doctors in this case use the term “temperature tail”. The slightly elevated temperature caused by the consequences of the infection is not accompanied by changes in the analyzes and passes on its own.
However, there is a danger of confusing asthenia with an incomplete recovery, when an increase in temperature indicates that the disease, which has subsided for a while, has begun to develop again. Therefore, just in case, it is better to take a blood test and find out if the white blood cells are normal. If everything is in order – you can calm down, the temperature will jump, jump and eventually “wake up”.
Another common cause of low-grade fever is stress. There is even a special term – psychogenic temperature. It is often accompanied by symptoms such as feeling sick, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
Well, if in the foreseeable past you did not suffer any stress or infectious diseases, and the thermometer’s column still creeps up, then it’s better to be examined. After all, prolonged subfebrile condition can indicate the presence of dangerous diseases. So it’s necessary to understand where the legs grow at the “temperature tail”.
First of all, all suspicions of inflammatory, infectious and other serious diseases (tuberculosis, thyrotoxicosis, iron deficiency anemia, chronic infectious or autoimmune diseases) must be eliminated. First you need to contact a therapist who will draw up an individual examination plan. As a rule, in the presence of an organic cause of subfebrile condition, there are other characteristic symptoms: pain in different parts of the body, weight loss, lethargy, increased fatigue, sweating. When palpating, an enlargement of the spleen or lymph nodes may be detected.
Usually, the explanation of the causes of subfebrile condition begins with a general and biochemical analysis of urine and blood, X-ray of the lungs, ultrasound of internal organs. Then, if necessary, more detailed studies are joined – for example, blood tests for the rheumatoid factor or thyroid hormones. In the presence of pain of unknown origin, and especially with a sharp loss of weight, an oncologist’s consultation is necessary.
If surveys have shown that order is on all fronts, it seems that you can calm down, having decided that this is your nature. But it turns out that there is still cause for concern.
However, first we’ll try to figure out where the elevated temperature comes from, with a seemingly complete absence of organic reasons. It does not appear at all because the body accumulates too much heat, but because it gives it poorly to the environment. The disorder of the thermoregulation system at the physical level can be explained by the spasm of the surface vessels located in the skin of the upper and lower extremities.