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Re: [IP] What is a fever?



Sherry-

    I am no medical "folk", but I thought I would share with you what has
been explained to me and what I understand to be true.  A fever is your body
working so hard to fight of a germ (or cut teeth!) that it actually
over-heats.  Just like an electric machine.  The reason a high fever is
dangerous is that it can actually "cook" the brain, and damage it severely.
Good luck! (must run)

Lisa, Type 1 pumping with Paradigm
and mom of two type 1 daughters
 5 y/o pumping with Cozmo

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sherry Compton" <email @ redacted>
> My little boy has a low grade fever (and is taking baby tylenol) and is
> working on some back teeth right now which made me ponder what exactly a
fever
> is. I thought some of you smart medical folks could help me. Is a fever a
> result or byproduct of the body's immune system fighting off something? Or
is
> it more that the body is so "busy" fighting the germs that it loses
control
> over maintaining body temp as closely? (I know this is a simplistic way to
say
> it.) And what is it about a fever that does damage? I know that high
fevers
> are dangerous, but why? It's not like the temperature gets high enough to
> "cook" something.  Does it??
> Okay, sorry if I sound like a freak. I was up with the baby a few times
during
> the night and it lead to this odd reasoning.
> Obligatory D topic:  Stress can make your blood sugar rise. Or drop.  YMMV
>
> Sherry C
> From the massive city of Bowling Green, KY
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