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Fever, also known as hyperthermia or pyrexia is basically an elevation in the body temperature. Fever is a fairly common symptom that occurs during most illnesses. A slight, short- term fever is an immune response that can help in fighting off illnesses. However, when the fever is severe then it possibly indicates an underlying medical condition. A Fever Test might be a good way to understand if you have some other underlying condition that is causing the fever.
A Fever Test can help in narrowing down the exact cause of your symptoms so that the right treatment can be administered and the condition can be resolved at the earliest. A Fever Test generally includes a Blood Test and Urine Test along with a Dengue Test, Malaria Test and Typhoid Test. The phlebotomist takes your blood sample, which takes only a few minutes. The sample is then sent to the lab to perform the tests included in a Fever Test package.
Why Fever Testing is important?
Identifying fever and understanding the reason for it can help you in getting proper treatment when necessary. The average temperature of a human is around 98.6°F (37°C), however, it can vary slightly for each individual. Body temperature can also vary according to the time of the day. Other factors can also influence temperature like the menstrual cycle, strenuous exercise etc. The immune system is the body's defence mechanism that helps fight it against infections and other pathogens. Fever is one of the ways in which the immune system can fight against infectious agents; an increase in the temperature makes the body inhospitable for the pathogens.
The hypothalamus, a part of the brain which sits at the base is the body temperature controlling system. When the immune system identifies potential sites for trouble, it sends biochemical substances that trigger the hypothalamus. When the system recognizes these substances, which can also be released by pathogens, it instructs the body to generate and retain heat, thus inducing a fever.
Excessive rise in temperature, however, can also be dangerous; hence it is advisable to get a Fever Test done to eliminate doubts about the cause. There are many serious illnesses and infections that can cause a fever, thus it is always advisable to get a Blood Test for Fever done to determine what exactly is causing the response.
How Fever Test is performed?
A Fever Test basically includes tests for common infection that can be serious if not treated properly. Most of the tests in a Fever Test look for the antigens and antibodies of specific infection while a blood test looks for indication of illness through WBCs. Malaria Test is one of the tests included in a Fever Test package. Malaria is an infection caused by parasites that enter the human body through the bite of the mosquito Anopheles. Malaria Test looks for the Malaria antigen in the blood of an individual. You can book a Malaria Test to get a quick diagnosis for Malaria.
A Typhoid Test is another common test performed in a Fever Test. Typhoid is a highly serious illness caused by bacteria that enters the body through contaminated food or water. A Typhoid Test can help in diagnosing the illness and getting immediate treatment.
Dengue Test is used to screen for Dengue, an illness common in India. Dengue is a viral infection and it is necessary to get a Viral Test done for diagnosis. You can book a Dengue Test to screen for dengue as it can become life-threatening fairly quickly.