28th October 2019


What can cause your body temperature to rise?

Pyrogens, chemicals that flow in the bloodstream, cause fevers. When your body temperature rises because of an infection, it's called a fever. Fevers are caused by chemicals called pyrogens flowing in the bloodstream. When pyrogens bind to certain receptors in the hypothalamus, body temperature rises.

So, what happens when there is an increase in body temperature?

When temperatures rise, the body reacts by increasing blood flow to the skin's surface, taking the heat from within the body to the surface. As the sweat evaporates, the body cools down.

How does your body warm itself up?

In a venture to bring the body's temperature back up, the body will strive to generate heat itself by allowing muscles and organs to shake within the body, more commonly known as shivering. Due to the muscle to fat ratio in children, kids can have a moderately higher risk of developing cold injuries.
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