What Causes Fever?
Fever can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose fever, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "fever" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities:
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- Gallbladder Disease
- West Nile Virus
- Cold Or Flu
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
current very sore throat
rotten egg burps
having non-problematic gallstones
recent onset diarrhea
discontinued non-human estrogen use
recent onset fatigue
possible enlarged liver
frequent unexplained vomiting
major recent weight loss
frequent episodes of diarrhea
recent onset vomiting
having foamy urine
... and more than 70 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of fever:
|West Nile Virus
|Cold Or Flu
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Metabolic Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about Current Fever:
Do you currently have a fever? If you do, try to rate your average temperature.
→ Don't know
→ Mild fever, 99-100°F (37.2-37.8°C)
→ Moderate fever, 100.1-103°F (37.8-39.4°C)
→ High fever, usually over 103°F (39.4°C)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not having a fever, having a slight fever, having a moderate fever or having a high fever, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
The common symptoms of pneumonia include fever.
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