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Fever is your Friend


Generally speaking, fever is your friend. For most people having a fever is beneficial, not harmful, and nothing needs to be done unless above 103.   While occasionally a fever requires an immediate medical evaluation such as in young infants (3 months or less) or with confusion or severe headache, a fever can be helpful for the immune system.  For the majority of us, staying hydrated should be the main concern with a fever, not eradicating it.  

Our bodies are made to fight disease. One of the ways it does this is to increase the core body temperature which is associated with improved survival and resolution of many infections. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4786079/ Alternatively, using medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can have negative overall effects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3906934/ I know it can be very scary to get a fever these days, but if you do, don't snuff it out with medications. If you are feeling chilled (as your body temp raises), throw on some blankets and snuggle up. You might even get into a hot bath to get warmed up and help your body fight disease. Drink some hot tea with ginger or other warming spices like cinnamon and peppermint.  Of course, you should also contact your medical doctor, be tested, and isolate yourself from others. 

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