There are some facts you probably don’t know about body temperature. The human body has a system to maintain the appropriate body temperature. Medical professionals pay extra attention to body temperature during post operation care. Any increase or decrease can be dangerous to the brain and other vital organs.
When you visit a hospital the first thing that you are tested for is the body temperature. A doctor uses a thermometer or an electronic gun to test your temperature. Your temperature is a pointer to certain things in your body. There can be several underlying factors for high body temperature. Coronavirus is one of them. The doctor might suggest a PCR test to detect the type of infection.
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at 11 facts about body temperature that you probably don’t know.
Elderly People tend to Have Cold Temperatures
Age has a role to play in body temperature. Old people constantly feel cold even during summers. This is because of their age. Studies show that as people increase in age, their temperature decreases slightly. A study revealed that the body temperature of participants within the age of 65 to 74 years old was below average. Those within the age of 75 to 84 years show a lower temperature. People above the age of 85 had the lowest body temperature. At this age group, an ear thermometer is not used as it can give a wrong reading.
Elderly people also require more post operation care. This is due to a weak immune system and a slow rate of recovery.
Red Pepper can Increase your Body Temperature
Do you love spicy foods? It may increase your body temperature and metabolism. In a study, participants included 1 gram of red pepper in their food. Even though their skin temperature was lower, their core temperature increased.
An increase in the metabolic rate is one of the best benefits of consuming red pepper. This is useful for people trying to lose weight. This can be really helpful for patients with diabetes as red pepper is a low glycemic food. It doesn’t increase sugar levels but improves metabolism.
Body Temperature Helps to Predict Time of Death
Dead people cannot produce heat and the body becomes cold gradually. The process is commonly known as algorithms Mortis. Forensic investigators use Algor mortis to determine the time of death of an individual after their body has been recovered. Although, this method is not reliable. A person who dies during travel to a cold region might lose temperature faster.
Wearing a Hat Doesn’t Prevent Cold
There’s a common belief, especially among the older generation that the hat protects the body from cold. Studies have shown that the hat has nothing to do with cold prevention. Any part of the body that is not completely covered will lose heat and can reduce your core body temperature. That is why during post operation care the patient is covered depending upon the set room temperature.
Body Temperature and Coronavirus
One of the symptoms people with Coronavirus experience is fever. Different strains of the virus may manifest different symptoms. A PCR test is essential to detect the type of strain. If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises that you check your temperature twice to rule out a fever.
Use an ear thermometer to measure the temperature of Children below 4 years old. Rather, you can place a regular thermometer under their arm, in their armpit. Temperature above 99.4 degrees points to fever.
Telling Lies Can Cause Temperature Fluctuations
Research has shown that anxiety caused by telling lies can cause an increase in the temperature around the forehead and a decrease in the temperature of the nose. So, you can catch a person who is telling lies by observing their nose and forehead. Anyhow, this is not the most reliable way to judge. A person might be exhausted due to his travel and his nose and forehead might be warm.
Fever Can Help Fight an Infection
Feeling feverish is not a pleasant experience but it can be beneficial. Drugs such as ibuprofen, or Tylenol can be used to lower fever but it is advisable not to treat the condition according to experts. What you may not know is that fever plays a major role in the body by helping to fight infections. Some bacterial or viral infections such as pneumonia can cause fever, which your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for.
Do not use any drugs without consulting with your doctor first. It is also the period when you are not fit to fly. Some symptoms of fever will likely go away within a few days while others may be something that requires immediate medical attention. Your doctor will be in the position to provide information about anything you are experiencing.
Normal Body Temperature
The average normal body temperature is 98.6 F. This is as per the U.S National Library of Medicine. However, an average body temperature can range from 97°F to 99°F. Besides, what is normal for you may be lower or higher than the average body temperature. A simple ear thermometer can detect the exact temperature.
A Cold Heart Is Good for the Brain
People who experience cardiac arrest often get treatment with therapeutic hypothermia. Medical practitioners use cooling devices to lower the patient’s body temperature around 89 to 93°F if their hearts stop beating. Reducing the body temperature after experiencing a cardiac arrest can prevent the patient’s brain damage and even increase their chances of survival.
Fever and Temperature
When your body temperature increases you call it fever. Some symptoms you’ll experience if you have a fever include sweating, dehydration, irritability, body weakness, headache, shivering, and muscle aches.
Children who have a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees F need hospital treatment immediately. Symptoms of fever that exceeds three days are dangerous and should not be taken with levity. Fever with seizures is also a bad sign, seek medical help if you notice this in your child. Do not travel if you have a high fever.
During the corona pandemic, airports check your temperature to know if you are fit to fly or not.