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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does standing under the rain lead to fever? (Where the sole reason for the fever is rain)

This is a common misbelief in many parts of the world. In the English speaking parts we have a similar one about being outside in the cold after which some illnesses are called - you might have heard ...
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Does standing under the rain lead to fever? (Where the sole reason for the fever is rain)

TL;DR: no, standing under rain does not lead directly to being sick. As this article says: Contrary to popular belief, being out in the rain does not automatically make you sick. While the rain ...
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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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