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Treating temperature..,

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Spainintherain Thu 09-Apr-20 09:11:32

Just asking in case my family get the virus: if you have had it what helped ring the temperature down? Paracetamol alone? Would wet flannels help? Sorry if this is a stupid question!

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imation Fri 10-Apr-20 07:37:39

Hi, So far I’ve had 39 for almost 5 days, paracetamol isn’t working, a wet cold flannel is nice, trying day and night nurse now

Spainintherain Fri 10-Apr-20 13:19:35

Thanks for reply. I saw on news if your temp doesn't go down after 5-7 days you need to seek medical help. Sounds like the flannel isn't helping much either! Get well!

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gingergingerginger Fri 10-Apr-20 13:22:24

Doesn't a fever help the body fight a virus? Might not be necessary to bring it down unless it's unbearable.

pocketem Fri 10-Apr-20 13:22:54

The fever helps the body to fight the virus. You don't necessarily need to bring it down

WanderingLost167 Fri 10-Apr-20 13:29:22

Bringing it down doesn't help you get any better than leaving it, in fact it may be beneficial to leave it

Porcupineinwaiting Fri 10-Apr-20 13:34:08

Mma, the paramedics told me that fever isnt terribly effective at fighting viruses as they are tough little buggers, it works better with bacteria or parasites apparently. I was advised to try and bring any fever over 38.5 down w paracetamol.

BahHumbygge Fri 10-Apr-20 13:49:42

John Campbell did a video on youtube a few days ago. Basically fevers are beneficial to fight the infection. Best not to take anti-fever drugs, unless it gets severe. Can’t remember what the exact parameters were in terms of temperature. And there was a recent French study saying not to take ibuprofen as that lead to worse outcomes.

everythingisginandroses Fri 10-Apr-20 14:45:23

I found that paracetamol didn't do much, but better than nothing when I was really hot and uncomfortable. My temp didn't exceed 38.5 but took well over a fortnight to normalise. Hope you feel better soon, OP flowers

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