A fever, which is defined as a body temperature over 98.6 F, is basically your immune system announcing, hey, I’ve got a LOT going on right now, and I’m doing the best I can to fight off the bad guys! The telltale signs of a fever are chills and sweats—one minute you’re freezing, and the next minute you’re opening up the windows in the middle of winter. A fever is also one of the first signs of an autoimmune disease and of Lyme, so it is not something to disregard, especially if you also have symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches, and inflammation—or if you notice it within weeks of a tick bite. Fortunately, most fevers will resolve on their own within a few days. If your fever reaches 103 F or higher, it’s a good idea to check in with your practitioner, especially if you have other symptoms or if it lasts longer than 3 days. If you have a lower grade fever and you’re riding it out at home, there are a few things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Three of the best are to rest, take acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil), and stay hydrated. Or you can try a “diaphoretic” herbal remedy, which promotes sweating to fight fever. These include elder flower, peppermint, ginger, boneset, and yarrow. Additional treatments vary depending on the cause and intensity of your fever, along with other factors, such as your age. But remember, while your body is fighting the good fight, a steaming bowl of chicken soup doesn’t hurt, either.
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Hi guys!! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. I’m looking for advice of how to deal with flu-like herx symptoms. I’m on herbs and experiencing head- and body- aches, chills, and nausea (but no fever). Do you have a good antidote for dealing with this, or do you usually just ride it out? Thank you!
Hey... First time here and I've been feeling really depressed lately because I've been feeling hot like I have a fever and it makes me weak but every time I check my temperature it's always normal... I've been to the ER and they drew blood but they didn't find anything wrong... Even people touch my skin and say it's not hot... Am I going crazy?
Hi all, I hope you’re safe & well.❣️ I’ve been ill for about two weeks now, running fevers + upper respiratory symptoms. Finally got a z-pack (azithromycin) from my PCP, I’ve been taking it for three days, but feeling worse with higher fevers... Any suggestions?
I've been constipated for 6 weeks now I've tried several recommendations from my doctor and I am even gotten 2 enemas which have been horrible and extremely painful... Along with a constipation i have syndrome including vomiting/vomiting blood, nausea, extremely bad stomach pain, fatigue, headache, fever, chills ect.... If you have any suggestions on what i can do or try or if you think I could have seriously sick please tell me I'd really appreciate it cause I always so miserable Ive been cryin
last week I went with my boyfriend to his aunts house for dinner. there were only six of us including me and him. we didn’t wear masks but we kept as much distance as we could and we were family. plus I protect myself by wearing a mask at work and showering everytime I come home plus I showered before I went there. now his aunt isn’t feeling well and is achy. she is getting tested but she has no fever or cough. I’m frightened. should I be worried?