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Dr. Gordon Trenholme
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Q Fever (Overview)

Q fever is a rare infection caused by inhaling bacterial spores from dusty places contaminated by cats, dogs, and farm animals. It can affect many different organs including the heart, lungs, and liver.


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What are the presenting symptoms of q fever?

What are the presenting symptoms of q fever?

Non-specific: Other than fever, acute q fever (infection with the bacterium coxiella burnetti) can lead to myalgias, fatigue, headaches and sweats. The list goes on.... ...Read more

Dr. Gordon Trenholme
40 doctors shared insights

Q Fever (Overview)

Q fever is a rare infection caused by inhaling bacterial spores from dusty places contaminated by cats, dogs, and farm animals. It can affect many different organs including the heart, lungs, and liver.


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Are pins and needles a symptom of q fever?

Rare: Neurologic manifestations of q-fever are uncommon outside of headache, and usually present as aseptic meningitis or encephalomyelitis, but symptoms of peripheral findings like "pins and needles" have been reported, although very rarely. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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What are the tests for q fever?

What are the tests for q fever?

Q fever tests: Usually the diagnosis is made by specific antibody tests against coxiella burneti in people with exposure to certain livestock, especially during birthing season. ...Read more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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Can acupressure, reflex or massage help cure q fever?

Likely not: Q fever is an infection caused by coxiella burnetii which usually causes acute respiratory disease but can cause a variety of chronic features. None of these maneuvers are likely to cure the infection but may alleviate some symptoms. ...Read more

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What would you do to get rid of a fever?

What would you do to get rid of a fever?

Why?: Why treat a low grade fever? It may be helpful, it should not affect you adversely other than being aware of it, and simply recording the levels of fever and the times it occurs may help your doctor if it persists and you need a diagnosis. If you are really bothered by it you can take Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) every 4-6 hours to suppress it. Less than a minute ago. ...Read more

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What are the tests for q fever?

Q fever tests: Usually the diagnosis is made by specific antibody tests against coxiella burneti in people with exposure to certain livestock, especially during birthing season. ...Read more

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What's the degree of damage for q fever?

What's the degree of damage for q fever?

Depends...: Q (query) fever is a zoonotic (acquired from animals and here especially livestock) most commonly from aerosols related to birthing. Airborne spread may occur over several miles from a farm. Initial symptoms of this rickettsial disease are fever, muscle aches, severe headache and cough. Pneumonia and hepatitis may occur. Untreated some people can get endocarditis, an infection of the heart. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more