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how to break a fever?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
????????????????????: Ibuprofen & acetaminophen are fever reducers available over the counter. Depending on the age and actual temperature they can be used to reduce fever. Since low grade fever is a helpful part of a natural immune response , reducing it may prolong an illness.

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Why does my fever seem to break repeatedly only to get worse?

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Dr. Kevin Meyer
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Infection: Your body will run fevers until the offending illness/infection gets better. If the fever lasts more than 72 hrs or is associated with severe headache or pain elsewhere or shortness of breath, call your doc or go to the er.
A 41-year-old male asked:

Have type a flu, when can I expect the fever to go away. Been taking everything to get it to break?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Influenza: Usually resolves in 1-2 weeks. Cool compresses along with alternating NSAID & tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours (if fever over 101º). If symptoms getting worse, or developing difficulty breathing, see doc 2 b checked for pneumonia, which may complicate flu. Advise yearly flu shot for prevention. If other medical problems, see doc as soon as flu symptoms start to get antiviral med.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I have a fever and it's taking forever to break how to make it leave?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Prolonged fever: This needs physician evaluation. The list of things that can produce prolonged fevers is lengthy and not only includes infections, but autoimmune conditions, malignancies and other disorders. If this has lasted a week or more, definitely go now. If there is an infectious diseases expert in your area (and i know there is), would start there.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What could I do to break a fever without medication?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Hydrate: Keep yourself well hydrated. Fevers are caused by your body releasing interleukins and interferons during an infection. Its also your bodies way of combating infection. Even several degrees higher than normal body temperature make bacteria and virus replication drop dramatically...So fever isn't a bad thing at all unless its very very high (>104).
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A 33-year-old female asked:

Is it possible for a fever to come and go while you are sick? Without medication ever breaking it

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Dr. Reza Emami
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: fevers are produced by the body to fight off infection, so as the body deems necessary, it will produce fever, I hope this helps

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