View Full Version : Probiotics and Fever

09-08-2002, 08:04 PM
I've had a low grade fever today and, other than the head/neck ache (most likely from the fever) have been feeling pretty well. I was wondering (and kind of hoping) that there was a possibility that starting probiotics can produce a small immune response and fever. It makes sense to me seeing that you're adding bacteria to your system (even if it is good bacteria).

If anyone has heard of this or experienced it I'd greatly appreciate it.

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09-08-2002, 10:57 PM
I have taken alot of probiotics and they have helped but cannot ever recall having a fever or inflammation reduce by them.

I am a big believer in using homeopathic remedies so I don't have to depend on the good intestinal flora!!! I have used vitamins C, B-6 and Zinc to raise your immune system and reduce a fever and of course tylenol and asprin.

God Bless---Harry

09-09-2002, 02:53 AM

Do you know the reason why you have a fever? Do you think it is because you have flu or do you have a bad stomach?

I am going to be controvertial here. If you have a low grade fever, do not take anything at all. The fact is that having a fever is the body's natural way of getting rid of infection. When you have an infection, bacteria and viruses release pyrogens, which are fever causing agents. Your body's immune cells will start to fight the infection and the way of doing this is to reset the thermostat in the hypothalamus in the brain to a higher temperature. Your body will do this, as most bacteria and viruses cannot survive for very long at high temperatures. Once the invading pathogenic factors have been killed off, then your fever will break and the hypothalamus will re-set the thermostat to a lower level and your temperature will come down and you will feel a lot better.

When I used to work as a nurse in England and any of my patients had a temperature, I would not give them any paracetamol until they spiked a fever of at least 39 or 40c. Otherwise, if they felt well enough, I would tell them to go and have a tepid shower to cool off or would sponge them down myself and strip the bedclothes or put a fan around the bed to cool the air around them. That seemed to reduce their fever within a couple of hours.

If your fever goes up suddenly and you want to take something, the Belladonna is a good homeopathic remedy to take. Take three doses in a 6 or 30c potency. If you feel like you have flu with a low grade fever that won't clear and your body aches too, then try a dose of Gelsemium in a 6 or 30c potency. This is extremely good for a slow developing flu that makes you feel unwell and tired and is slow to shift. I took this a few years back myself, when I had that kind of flu over Christmas one year. I took three a day for two days and had fully recovered after two days.

If this fever has been caused by your stomach being bad, then try some Arsenicum or Nux vomica. Very good for stomach troubles.

Also, try taking some Echinacea tincture for a couple of weeks. This is extremely good for boosting the body's immune system. Also, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C of course and continue on with the Probiotics. The only thing that I would definitely recommend that you don't take is the Paracetamol. If you cut off a fever by taking Paracetamol or Aspirin, it will take you longer to recover from whatever you have. Fever is the body's natural response to infection and you should let it happen and you should feel better a lot sooner than if not.

09-09-2002, 04:42 PM
Wow, thanks for the two awesome replies.
My fever has gone down but the headache that came with it has been going strong for more than 24 hours now. My stomach is also a bit fluttery but aside from that it's been great! I've been drinking a ton of fluids and hoping that whatever this is will just pass. It's quite possible I became a bit immunocomprimised after 2 weeks of not really being able to eat anything and have come down with a virus. Sarah, I wouldn't know where to find most the items you mentioned might help, but I have my excellent echinacea tea to start. I'm looking very forward to being 100% healthy! Bring it on!


09-10-2002, 10:40 AM
You should be able to get most of the remedies that I suggested from a health food store. They do seem to stock homeopathic remedies nowdays, but I get all my remedies over the internet from homeopathic pharmacies.

Belladonna is a great headache remedy, especially when the headache has been caused by fever, so it might be worth trying that.

Yes, if you have had a bad stomach virus recently, then it really does take it out of you quite literally, as I have found with my recent stomach infection.

Anyway, keep drinking plenty of fluid and start the Echinacea tea. Also, make sure that you eat light and very nutritious meals that are easy to digest and that won't upset your stomach. If you do this I am sure that you will soon start to feel a lot better.

Take care

09-11-2002, 05:43 PM
Well, I went to see a doc today who seems to think I did indeed have a little West Nile or meningitis since all my symptoms correlated. Not a happy thought (and thank god I didn't have to have a spinal tap) but I'm really looking forward to "just" having to deal with IBS after this. I'm seeing a holistic doctor for the IBS because the MDs, I must say (even though I'm planning on being one myself), have little to offer me.


09-12-2002, 11:02 AM
Hey Hon,

Hope you are feeling better now? Why don't you go and do an ND rather than an MD? If you do an ND, you get taught all the conventional stuff plus naturopathy, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture and then it depends which you want to specialise in after that. I heard that Bastyr in Seattle is one of the best for an ND. Great surroundings too in the Pacific North West? Also, depending on which State you want to practice in, ND's can be primary care docs too as well as MD's. Not all States are like this though.

Worth exploring the possibilities though?

Good luck and take care