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Does taking a hot shower or a cold shower treat a fever?

Does taking a hot shower or a cold shower treat a fever?

Not really: It may make you feel better, but the fever is the body's inflammatory response to infection or other inflammation, and may actually be helpful. You treat the infection, and the fever will vanish. Hope you are better soon. Read more

Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more


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Aso 730, ESR 47, CRP 26, rheumatoid factor neg, aana neg. No fever no infection. Is this somethng dangerous I should worry from or it is treatable.

Aso 730, ESR 47, CRP 26, rheumatoid factor neg, aana neg. No fever no infection. Is this somethng dangerous I should worry from or it is treatable.

See details: Why were these tests ordered in the first place? You need to provide more specific information to receive an accurate answer. Read more

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Have loose stool and stomach cramps after 2 days with low grade fever - flu? Treatable?

Have loose stool and stomach cramps after 2 days with low grade fever - flu? Treatable?

Flu: Take plenty of fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you are getting behind in your fluids, be seen in the ER for IV fluids. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. Read more

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Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Look it up: The information is out there. You don't even need to leave your laptop. A simple Google search will give you this information. Part of the purpose of your coursework is for you to learn how to do research. Good luck. Read more

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If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox; symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?

If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox; symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?

Because of sex: Two main reasons. First, HPV is sexually transmitted, and throughout history most societies have had negative views about sex and see STDs as embarrassing and frightening. Second, warts, the main problem from low risk HPV, have a "yuck" factor. Even common hand warts often are considered unclean (e.g folklore about catching them from toads), and many people consider genital warts especially gross. Read more

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Is neuropathy associated with guilain barre syndrome treatable and if so, how do I treat it and relieve the painful symptoms? My neurosurgeon just informed me that I have g.B.S. And had it since may 2011 following a stomach flu I had 2 weeks before my sym

Is neuropathy associated with guilain barre syndrome treatable and if so, how do I treat it and relieve the painful symptoms? My neurosurgeon just informed me that I have g.B.S. And had it since may 2011 following a stomach flu I had 2 weeks before my sym

Your: Your case presents a few dilemmas. Gbs is a group of autoimmune diseases targeted at the peripheral nerves and causing acute progressive weakness, usually an ascending paralysis. The history usually entails the following: •upper respiratory or diarrheal disease within previous 1–3 weeks in 50–70%: c. Jejuni (~40%), cytomegalovirus (13%), epstein-barr virus (10%), mycoplasma pneumoniae (5%), or hiv •dysesthesias (painful tingling), paresthesias (tingling) of the feet and hands are usually the earliest symptoms. •pain is common- especially back pain which can radiate to the legs and not usually associated with myalgias (muscle pain). •gait disorder common in all age groups- this is the most common presentation in children •neck muscle weakness, dysphagia, and dysarthria are predictors of respiratory failure. The physical exam frequently reveals the following: •acute, symmetric, and usually ascending weakness of limbs within days of dysesthesias •areflexia (no reflexes) or hyporeflexia (reduced reflexes) and muscle weakness, decreased position and vibratory sensation •respiratory muscle paralysis 30% if untreated •cranial nerve involvement <50%; usually facial weakness, 10–20% ophthalmoparesis (loss of eye movement) •dysautonomia (abnormal autonomic nervous system responses) (50%): labile blood pressure, arrhythmias, ileus (paralysis of bowel function), urinary retention; •miller-fisher variant: ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, areflexia important lab tests •csf: elevated protein and normal white blood cells (wbcs; albuminocytologic dissociation) are characteristic with a normal opening pressure. •emg: this shows a pattern of demyelination with prolonged latencies and a reduced motor compound action potential. The medications usually used are one or more of the following: •immune globulin (ivig) •plasmapheresis or plasma exchange most patients reach the plateau phase within 3 weeks of admission, and muscle strength is expected to improve. The prognosis is: •complete recovery: 50% •some residual disability: 45% •severe permanent disability: 5% hence, the dilemma as you report no improvement and in fact worsening. Furthermore, a lesion within the spinal cord (myelopathy) can present with similar symptoms as the ones you provide. A few pertinent questions to help discern the cause would include whether you have had a lumbar puncture and EMG and what did these results show? I hope this answers your questions. Good luck and well wishes. Read more

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I feel like I'm getting the flu because I have a site throat and very stuffy nose what will help me from getting less sick hot or cold shower?

I feel like I'm getting the flu because I have a site throat and very stuffy nose what will help me from getting less sick hot or cold shower?

Hot shower: Steam youself with a hot shower. The steam will help you unclog your nose. In fact you can do that3-4 times a day to relieve your symptoms. Read more

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Is a taking a hot shower good for a fever and chills?

Is a taking a hot shower good for a fever and chills?

Not bad: A shower will not help cure your infection, but if it makes you feel better, by all means shower. It will not make you any worse. Read more

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Is it better to take cold showers if you are having a fever? Why or why not?

Fever is your friend: A cold shower won't help a fever or the disease process. In fact, you'll probably feel uncomfortable & you're wasting energy. A fever actually helps FIGHT an infection -so better to let it run. This doesn't apply for little kids that could seize with high temps however. Acetaminophen or an NSAID (ibuprofen) would lower the temp if you really wanted to. I recc to save your energy for fighting infxn Read more

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Am I right that it's no issue to take a really hot shower if I have a fever?

Am I right that it's no issue to take a really hot shower if I have a fever?

If it feels good: It is certainly not dangerous to take a hot shower if you have a fever. It won't do anything to make your temp go up or down, but if the hot water makes your aches and pains feel better, then by all means do what feels good - it is not dangerous. Read more

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Is it better to put hot or cold towel on forhead when you have a fever?

Is it better to put hot or cold towel on forhead when you have a fever?

See details: Cold compress is better but tylenol (acetaminophen) is better than either of these options. Read more

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Why do some ppl tend to get chills being hot-cold-hot-cold before they get a fever if ever do?

Why do some ppl tend to get chills being hot-cold-hot-cold before they get a fever if ever do?

It's a mild fever: Think of being hot-cold-hot-cold (but without a high reading on the thermometer) as having a mild fever. When feeling hot, the body is wanting to cool off (the brain is telling you that you are hotter than the brain wants you to be). When feeling cold, the body is wanting to get warmer and maybe have a fever (the brain is telling you that it wants you to be hotter, maybe even feverishly hotter). Read more

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Why do I feel so hot but I have no fever? I also seem to get really cold sometimes when it isn't cold at all.

Why do I feel so hot but I have no fever? I also seem to get really cold sometimes when it isn't cold at all.

Hot/cold: The sensitivity you have might be related to a thyroid issue. I would suggest seeing your local physician to get evaluated and tested for thyroid, hormone or even anemia issues. Hope that helps. Read more

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Sir my question is that my body temperature is always hot even if its cold nd when I m not having fever also it is still hot?

It's HOT in UAE!: Hi. Where you live must make your feeling hot even worse! I would suggest you see your doctor. You could have some unrecognized infection or hyperthyroidism; other things are possible too. Starting off with some basic labs (CBC/diff, TSH and free T4, CMP, ESR) would be a good start. Good luck, and stay in the air conditioning! Read more

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Hi I had fever from 99 to 103.7 yesterday and today 100. Now my right side where I guess the appendix is hurts. After a cold shower my side still hurt?

Hi I had fever from 99 to 103.7 yesterday and today 100. Now my right side where I guess the appendix is hurts. After a cold shower my side still hurt?

See below: If you are having r sided lower abdominal pain that is non stop and increasing in intensity, that is enough to warrant an physical exam now, regardless of the fevers, although the fevers can be related. If this is going on, go to the er now. Read more

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Why is my girlfriend really hot in the cold and does not have fever?

Why is my girlfriend really hot in the cold and does not have fever?

Need more history: If she feels little trouble from the cold while others do, and is perhaps nervous / losing weight, it's time to check the thyroid. A distinct warming sensation of the skin on cold exposure may be cold urticaria -- do exposed areas swell and redden? I'm afraid this is the best I can do if she is otherwise in good health. Read more

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For the last 48hrs I've had a really bad fever, mainly being freezing cold on hot days and nights. It doesn't feel like a cold. I train and work a lot?

For the last 48hrs I've had a really bad fever, mainly being freezing cold on hot days and nights. It doesn't feel like a cold. I train and work a lot?

Acute infection: This may be a viral illness but you have not provided sufficient information to really even make an educated guess. If this continues or you develop any other symptoms strongly suggest you see a doctor asap. Read more

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