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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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