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When your sick and you sweat, do you sweat out germs?
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: No
You cool off by sweating.

In brief: No
You cool off by sweating.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Allison Greco
General Practice
In brief: Sweating lowers temp
During a fever, the offending bacteria or virus causes the body to release signals to your temperature regulatory center that your body temperature should be higher than normal.
When you take medicine, and/or your body fights off the bug, the amount of these signals reaching your temperature center decreases. When this happens, your temperature is still high; sweating helps the body cool down.

In brief: Sweating lowers temp
During a fever, the offending bacteria or virus causes the body to release signals to your temperature regulatory center that your body temperature should be higher than normal.
When you take medicine, and/or your body fights off the bug, the amount of these signals reaching your temperature center decreases. When this happens, your temperature is still high; sweating helps the body cool down.
Allison Greco
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