The Symptoms of Febricula

Attacks generally abrupt; weakness; loss of appetite; chilliness; skin very hot; pulse rapid; severe pain in forehead; pain in back and limbs; constipation; urine scanty and dark.

This disease is also known by the names ephemeral, irritative, or inflammatory fever. It is the mildest form of fever, and generally lasts from one to three days, though it sometimes continues a week or ten days. It is not accompanied by delirium, and is distinguished from typhoid fever by the absence of the characteristic symptoms of that disease.

The Causes of Febricula

The principal causes of febricula are overwork, overeating, loss of sleep, sexual excesses, and exposure to the heat of the sun. It is probable that many cases supposed to be febricula are really cases of typhoid fever in which the disease is checked before its characteristic symptoms are manifested.

The Treatment of Febricula

Rest in bed, fasting for a day or two, and the use of cool or tepid sponge baths, compresses, and enemas. Patients always get well.