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Old 06-26-2011, 07:04 AM   #1
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Could someone pls explain 'chills' and 'fever'?

I'm having a second bouts of chills and fever at this moment.

Is having a fever good for your body?

I've been looking it up on the net and they say that fever helps fight infection by raising your body temp.

If it is "good" for you, then why do doc prescribe paracetamol to help reduce your fever?

Why is it that whenever I take paracetamol, it only helps to reduce my fever for about 5 hours...after that I'm back to where I was left off: hot, flushed face. Aches, chills. etc.

Please someone...if you are reading this, please be kind and reply...because I'm suffering right now..

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Old 06-26-2011, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: Could someone pls explain 'chills' and 'fever'?

As long as your temp doesn't get above about 102 (39 or so Celsius) you shouldn't try to reduce the fever. (There is some debate about the exact number at which you pop out the fever-reducing medicines. Lowest number I've seen is 100.1, highest is 104.)

However, 105 (40.5) is the point at which a fever becomes dangerous in its own right. That's where you never want to be.

Mild to moderate fever fights infection. It's a sign you're sick, it's not fun, but it kills germs and helps you get better. However, just a few decades ago, science didn't understand this, and doctors fought aggressively to bring down even harmless little fevers. Plus, when someone is really uncomfortable with fever, the paracetamol helps.

Basically, I say take it if your fever is high, or if illness makes you SO uncomfortable you can't even rest. It'll help for 4-6 hours, then wear off.

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