Fever is when the internal body temperature rises to levels that are considered above normal. It indicates the presence of another condition, usually an infection in some part of the body. There are different kinds of fever and intermittent fever is one of such.
Intermittent fever is a condition where fever lasts for a few hours and temperature goes back to normal only for the fever to come up again. When this happens at intervals, such fever is intermittent. Intermittent fever usually occurs during the course of an infectious disease.
Intermittent fever is caused by illnesses such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, Sepsis, Rat-bite, Schistosomiasis, Lymphomas, Borrelia and COVID-19.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito (the female Anopheles) which feeds on human blood. An attack usually starts with shivering and chills, followed by high fever and sweating and a return to normal temperature. Malaria is a common cause of intermittent fever& some patients present different patterns of this fever such as;
According to scienceopen.com, research revealed that intermittent fever can be caused by Coronavirus infection. During the recovery process, several people with the virus experience symptoms re-occurring, alternating with periods of feeling better. Varying degrees of fever, fatigue and breathing problems can occur, on and off, for days or even weeks.
Rat-bite Fever is usually acquired in humans through the bite or scratch of rats or rodents (mice, squirrels etc). it was traditionally a disease of rural dwellers, but with the popularity of the use of rats in laboratories, this fever affects a lot of pet owners, pet store employees and laboratory animal workers. Caused by streptobacillus moniliformis transmitted by rat bite of contaminated food or water, intermittent fever and other symptoms are experienced by the patients.
Intermittent fever can be diagnosed or detected through tests like complete blood count, blood culture and culture of other infected fluid such as abscess aspiration.
Treatments of intermittent fever include the use of antipyretics, Forpain is also the number one treatment for Intermittent fever, antibiotics are also used for any underlying infection. For treating malaria, anti-malarial drugs like quinine, chloroquine etc are given.
It is advisable to visit your doctor to confirm the root cause of your intermittent fever, rather than self-medicate.
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