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Does stopping fever hinder the process of killing bacteria via fever?

This is a great question, an area of active debate, and a personal interest of mine. I actually just did a presentation on this, so this answer will probably have more information in it than you need, ...
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What exactly is fever?

Fever can be a result of many processes. In context of infectious diseases, the fever is triggered by substances released by the immune cells (substances such as interleukin-1 and -6). Also, pyrexia ...
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Not taking bath or shower when sick

Is there any evidence that taking a bath or shower when sick has negative effects? This is quite interesting because I've heard MANY patients with this same belief. Some people believe that bathing ...
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Should fever due to infections be treated?

In normal patients fever can reduce our efficiency or comfort for doing work. For mild infections one may wait for the fever to get over and let our immune response do their job. For early and ...
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Are non-allergic, non-pathogenic rhinitis associated with fever?

Common cold, which is an acute viral infection of the nose, is rarely associated with fever in adults (Canadian Medical Association Journal ; DPHHS Montana). Allergic rhinitis does not usually cause ...
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Why do ~80% of children with autism appear to improve when they have a fever?

I could find one letter to the editor from 2011 that posits a few mechanisms by which increased blood flow caused by the fever might make autism symptoms better: Does fever relieve autistic behavior ...
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Can you thermoregulate a fever externally with e.g. an ice bath?

In "A Journal of the Plague Year", Daniel Defoe writes of a febrile patient who cures himself of the plague by swimming in a river: I heard of one infected creature who, running out of his bed in ...
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How to mesure body temperature correctly?

Altogether, digital thermometers are known to be very inaccurate.2. If you want the most accurate reading, a fever should be measured rectally, not axillary (in the armpit)1. So therefore, different ...
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Reason behind testing blood when someone is suffering from Common cold and fever?

There are differences between individual clinicians' ways of approaching things, and regional ones as well, so I can't speak for every clinician. But respiratory infections are one of the most common ...
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Nasal congestion or fever as a mechanism to combat infection

FEVER There is still no final agreement among experts about the treatment of fever, but recently some of them lean toward not treating it unless it's life-threatening. Fever: suppress or let it ...
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Should fever due to infections be treated?

As you have already described, the hypothalamus regulate the set point at which the body temperature is maintained. This set point is elevated in fever, reflecting an infection, or resulting from ...
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Fever and severe headache without inflammation markers

Examples of conditions with fever and severe headache in which inflammation is not involved or is not the main process: Caffeine overdose (BMJ) "Thyroid storm" - acute hyperthyropidism (PubMed) ...
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Does use of NSAIDs prolong recovery time from febrile illness?

There are studies that state reducing a fever may prolong illness. Fever can increase T-cell proliferation and cytotoxic activity. A study in 1990 showed that acetaminophen and aspirin increased ...
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How contagious is glandular fever?

Saliva is the main route of exposure, so kissing, sharing utensils, etc. should be avoided. Casual contact such as handshaking and sitting near them aren't much of a risk unless they're coughing or ...
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