Got a Fever?

In most cases, it's helpful

In an age where everyone considers themselves a doctor after reading a few news reports (and simultaneously, totally discounting the fact much modern research is flawed, biased or both) or Web MD articles, I'm hesitant to offer any sort of medical opinion, but I think most people have heard that fevers are usually a good thing. As a parent it's often hard for me to remember that; I still feel a little apprehensive when my child is struck with a fever (click to see how fevers actually work!), and after having such a terrible fever with the flu two years ago (one that probably should have inspired me to get to the hospital, honestly), I'm even more worried. The fact remains, however, that fevers are the body's way of fighting illness, and if left to do that job without a fever reduceer (unless needed), they are often successful. Even animals have fevers.

That doesn't mean that you shouldn't go to the doctor or get help when a fever gets too high, especially for those more vulnerable, like small children, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems. But it does mean that we need to stop trying to lower every single fever we have just because it's a fever.

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