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Hmm. All fevers are: "systemic" ie, they involve your whole body. They are absolutely detrimental - ie they can kill a person. That said, they are useful in terms of being a piece of data, or demonstrating a pattern, that can clue a doc into what is causing the fever. FUOs - fevers of unknown origin - are a diagnostic nightmare, scary for the patient to have to deal with, and generally but not always portend bad news. ...Read more
I have a pituitary microadenoma. It is 3mm. The endo has ordered bloodwork, but she didn't think my low grade fevers were from that. It is small, but can it be causing numerous systemic problems?
Unlikely: A small lesion like this would generally be observed. Wait on the lab work. ...Read more
I have cough, colds, slight fever and sore throat. I was examined by the doctor and diagnosed of systemic viral infection? How come?
Could tonsil stones cause sore burning throat, could they cause other symptoms, systemic or flu ish symptoms. How to remove them safely and permanentl?
Tonsil stones: Best removal: the Hydro Pulse ™ Nasal/Sinus irrigator - www. Hydromedonline. Com comes with a special threat attachment designed for tonsil stones. The pulsing irrigation easily cleans out the crypts of the unwanted material. Also used to prevent/treat any sore throat. Since the stones may be the result of drainage from the nose/sinuses, the same unit clears that too. ...Read more
Low grade and high: Low gr. Fever is -> 99 to 101f approx. Anything more than is high fever. But in the high fever, from101 to 104, we treat as high feverand is common but more than 104 is given a terminology called hyperthermia which is a medical emergency. Fever in children and elderly, immunocompromised people like -- with diabtes, cancers, even mild fever is significant, and limit -100.4 instead of 101 to trt ...Read more
Fever: Within limits, you may not want to stop the fever. It's an ancient biological response that ensures your survival -- it activates your immune system when needed! However, it's also a stressor in itself. Hydrating well is necessary, and if you're very uncomfortable tylenol (acetaminophen) can bring your fever down. ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen) if you must: Your body makes a fever for the purpose of "cooking" the offending agent out of existence. Sure, it is uncomfortable to have a fever, but it's also uncomfortable for the virus or bacterium causing your problem in the first place. If you can live with the fever, do so, and you will probably get over your infection faster. ...Read more
Fever treatment: Fever is a body temperature of 101 degrees and over. First recourse should be to drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly. If the weather is warm, turn a fan or the ac on. Rest and relax - try not to move a lot. Should your temperature rise to 102, take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen as well. For 103 & above, take lukewarm baths. Try ice compresses to the head and underarms and sponge body with water. ...Read more
Fever: This is your body's physiologic response to some, generally inflammatory process, which resets the internal thermostat so as to allow you to increase the temperature. This is a symptom, not something you can cure by itself. If you can find the source of the fever-inducing stimulus that may be treatable. ...Read more
Fever is your friend: Fever is an amazing ability of the body to try and 'fight' something -usually an infection. It actually gives us a survival advantage, and that is why it evolved. There are complex regulations of fever (as with most things in the body). The brain (preoptic area of the anterior hypothalamus) is where the thermostat is located. If you have a fever, it's good to know the cause - a doctor can help. ...Read more
See a doctor!: The site of infection would determine the treatment. Not all fever is an infection that requires antibiotic therapy so I would see a doctor if fever persists to decide if an infection is present or if there is another reason for this problem. Most fevers without severe symptoms are usually viral infections that go away within 3-7 days. ...Read more
Coccidiodomycosis: Symptomatic desert fever often presents as a flu-like illness with fever, cough, headaches, rash, myalgia (muscle pain), and arthralgia (joint pain). The rash is maculopapular. Erythema nodosum on lower extremities, and erythema multiforme in necklace-like can occur. Treatment, if necessary (many may not need it) is with anti-fungal agents. Best to see an infectious diseases expert in the area. ...Read more
Tylenol/Ibuprofen: Solely to treat fever acetaminophen/tylenol is probably the safest at dose of less than 3 grams per day. Alternative is Ibuprofen 400 mg. Per dose. Aspirin has more potential side effects and especially should not be used for chicken pox or influenza. Treating the fever does nothing for the underlying illness which would need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
Biorhythms: The body has a natural cycle to it. Fever, for example, will increase more towards the late afternoon after you've been active during the day. Temperatures will tend to go down at night (if you've ever woken up at night feeling chilly that is partly why) -- it's related to the body's metabolism. With an infection, the temperature set point (thermostat) will be altered so this is a general rule. ...Read more
Everyone's body: Temperature is higher at night, than earlier in the day, even when there is no fever. So, when there is a fever, it will be naturally higher at night/evening (unless fever reducing medication is taken). ...Read more
Antipyretics: Aspirin, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen are all antipyretics (fever reducers). Children under 18 shouldn't take aspirin, due to the risk of reye's syndrome. Tylenol (acetaminophen) shouldn't be used by people with liver disease, and Ibuprofen avoided by those with certain cardiac and renal diseases. This list is partial, if you're not sure, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more