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What is cotton fever? What are the symptoms and how long does it last?

What is cotton fever? What are the symptoms and how long does it last?

Reaction 2 particles: from the cotton that is often used to filter heroin (and other drugs) once they are dissolved in water, and usually heated over a flame ('cooked'). The cotton particles cause a foreign body/immune response, especially in the lungs, with cough, fever, chills, sometimes chest pain and shortness of breath, as well as other autoimmune symptoms - muscle aches, weakness, malaise (french for feeling bad) ...Read more

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What is cotton fever? What are the symptoms and how long does it last?

What is cotton fever? What are the symptoms and how long does it last?

Reaction 2 particles: from the cotton that is often used to filter heroin (and other drugs) once they are dissolved in water, and usually heated over a flame ('cooked'). The cotton particles cause a foreign body/immune response, especially in the lungs, with cough, fever, chills, sometimes chest pain and shortness of breath, as well as other autoimmune symptoms - muscle aches, weakness, malaise (french for feeling bad) ...Read more

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What is cotton fever?

What is cotton fever?

Related to IV drugs: Cotton fever is associated with IV drug use especially heroin. It relates to the use of cotton to filter the drug. It is caused by a bacteria that is found in the cotton. It usually resolves without therapy. ...Read more

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What is cotton fever?

What is cotton fever?

Cotton Fever: Cotton fever can occur after illicit drug injection with symptoms of fever, rapid heart rate, headache, shortness of breath, nausea ; chills. It is associated with a bacteria called pantoea agglomerans. ...Read more

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I am currently experiencing cotton fever, I noticed it coming on and took 1.5, 325mg Tylenol (acetaminophen). my fever is stopped at 99.8. When should I worry?

I am currently experiencing cotton fever, I noticed it coming on and took 1.5, 325mg Tylenol (acetaminophen). my fever is stopped at 99.8. When should I worry?

You need to seek hel: You should seek more advanced help. Please get to a clinic and get off of IV drugs! Treat the underlying problem and then you won't have to chase cotton fever...! ...Read more

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How high should I let my temperature get with cotton fever before I should go to the hospital? Have already taken 1000mg acetaminophen. Temp is 102.5

How high should I let my temperature get with cotton fever before I should go to the hospital? Have already taken 1000mg acetaminophen. Temp is 102.5

Possibly too high: You can try ibuprofen as well but if temperature not responding to over counter medications then you may have infection that requires antibiotics. Don't waste a lot more time to see if it comes down. ...Read more

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So i am an iv drug user and i inject meth and last night i think i got what is known as cotton fever 25 30 mins following shot felt really hot nauseus and achy as time progressed it got worse so i did another shot supposedly the only cure to remedy the si

So i am an iv drug user and i inject meth and last night i think i got what is known as cotton fever 25 30 mins following shot felt really hot nauseus and achy as time progressed it got worse so i did another shot supposedly the only cure to remedy the si

Do you wish to stop?: Call the following number: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) This is the National Helpline for Drug Abuse. Here is the web address...very good stuff..... http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline Good luck. ...Read more

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I hVe a friend at my house he said he didnt feel well had to lay down legs cramping feels hot and not sure whT to do think it may be Cotton fever ?

I hVe a friend at my house he said he didnt feel well had to lay down legs cramping feels hot and not sure whT to do think it may be Cotton fever ?

More than a feeling.: There comes a time when the best thing you can do for your friend is not to over think a potentially serious problem. Without a competent history and physical examination, you're playing with fire. Have him see a physician. ...Read more

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