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How does cooling physically on the forehead help ease fever?

As I remember, when I caught a fever in my childhood, my dad and mom often put a frozen towel in front of my forehead when I was sleeping, in addition to regular treats like hot water and proper ...
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Is it good/advisable to increase metabolism and subsequently the temperature of the body through the consumption of selected food items during fever

Prior knowledge I have: Body heats up when there is higher than normal metabolism. During a fever the body increases metabolism and there by the body temp to fight Certain food items increase body ...
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Fever and severe headache without inflammation markers [closed]

What mechanisms can create fever and severe headaches lasting for a week and NOT be accompanied by any indication of inflammation in blood tests? What diagnostic tests would be used to make a ...
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Has any recent research been done on using fevers as a cure?

I was just reading about fevers and the work of Julius Wagner-Jauregg, which was instrumental in establishing the usefulness of fevers in fighting off infections (as opposed to just an unpleasant ...
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Should you warm up even to potentially dangerous levels with a flu or cold?

When waking up with a sore throat, stuffed nose and propensity to feel colder than normal, you can be unsure exactly what infectious vector caused it. Some people's normal modus operandi would be to ...
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How to mesure body temperature correctly?

I own a Geratherm thermometer. And the instructions say to hold it under the armpit for 4 minutes. When i follow the instructions, then my body temperature is 36,7 (not sick). I figured that holding ...
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Does stopping fever hinder the process of killing bacteria via fever?

Since the body produces fever in order to kill bacteria, wouldn't decreasing the fever by taking anti fever medication decrease the body's ability to fight the bacteria? Assuming you have non life ...
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Why does a fever flucturate when sick?

I'm just getting over an illness now which came with a fever. I couldn't help but notice that the fever fluctuated drastically over the course of the illness, with me switching between number of ...
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Does use of NSAIDs prolong recovery time from febrile illness?

My understanding's that fever's an immune system response to pathogens. Would suppression of this response delay time to recovery?
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Reason behind testing blood when someone is suffering from Common cold and fever?

What does testing blood helps identifying in case of Common cold or fever? This article about Common cold states, a doctor may do a throat or nasal culture, or blood test to rule out a secondary ...
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Why do people lose their appetite while having a fever?

Fevers raise the body's temperature, therefore requiring more energy. Why, then, is a loss of appetite a characteristic of fevers if food would provide the essential extra energy used to raise the ...
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Can you acquire an infection by inhaling bacteria and viruses?

I am not medical student so you may feel this is silly. But is this possible? Can you acquire an infection by inhaling bacteria and viruses?
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Not taking bath or shower when sick

My parents would not let me to take a showers or take a bath because they claimed it would make you even more sick. Is there any evidence that taking a bath or shower when sick has negative effects?
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What exactly is fever?

Pyrexia (or fever) is mostly considered just high temperature, most often caused by infections. Especially in this time of the year, influenza infections that cause fever are quite common. I would ...
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Can you thermoregulate a fever externally with e.g. an ice bath?

If a fever becomes too high, like 42.22 °C, you can die. Is it possible to put the patient in an ice bath to cool the fever down before that point and save their life?
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Fever lower limit ( 99.0 °F (37.2 °C) at armpit)… is it universal?

Surprisingly, all professional doctors, school-textbooks and other resources, consider as armpit temperatures: > 99 ° F (some-others > 98.6 &deg F) = Fever; = 99 ° F (Some-others = ...
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Why do we get weaker/fatigued during and after a fever?

I had fever (Influenza and body ache, I think) recently and I fast I was hit by weakness/fatigue. In a matter of hours, I started experiencing the following symptoms (most of which remained for a ...
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Is it possible that paracetamol + ibuprofene is much better for fever than ibuprofene alone? If yes, how?

I have read that paracetamod+ibuprofene (P+I) is not much better than ibuprofene alone (IA). However I noticed that P+I is better than IA for fever, for me. I wonder if it is possible that there are ...
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Does antibiotics weaken immune system or causes Fever

If your popping antibiotics everyday, prescribed by your doctor though he asked you to revisit after two months and warned you to ignore any fever symptoms during these two months. I'm just wondering ...
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How contagious is glandular fever?

What sort of exposure would be necessary or sufficient for someone to be infected? E.g handshaking, sitting across from someone with the virus for an hour or so, etc etc
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Ice pack/cold piece of metal contoured to skull/forehead

There are ice packs people put on their forehead when they get hit on the head or have a fever. I thought- perhaps I could have the ice pack molded to the shape of my skull/forehead. It would cover ...
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Does sleeping produce heat and use up water in the body?

Several times, after an afternoon nap, I noticed that I was severely dehydrated and had a slight fever. Before the nap, I was feeling normal but tired. After the nap, the temperature went away and ...
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Why do ~80% of children with autism appear to improve when they have a fever?

I read on this WebMD article (published in 2008) that children with autism appear to improve when they have a fever. What could explain it? One hypothesis mentioned in the article is that: fever ...