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Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer

 
digitalFoo
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Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
If you've got a cold or the flu and have a fever, stay the fuck home please. Research suggests that taking fever reducers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and what not actually INCREASE the replication of the virus. While this is beneficial for the person with the flu, it can actually make the virus spread faster to others if your body temperature is lowered.


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"When you've got the flu, it can't hurt to take an aspirin or an ibuprofen to control the fever and make you feel better, right? Wrong, some scientists say. Lowering your body temperature may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you transmit it to others. A new study claims that there are at least 700 extra influenza deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever."

"As a result, if you have the flu and you're taking medication "it may actually be more important that you stay at home because you could be a greater risk to others," says David Earn, a mathematician at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and one of the authors of the paper. Some scientists call that claim premature, however."

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[link to news.sciencemag.org]


Here's an interesting scientific paper published by the Royal Society that suggests that an EXTRA 700 people per year die in the United States because of fever reducing medication.

You'll need to register to read the full text.

Population-level effects of suppressing fever
[link to rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org]

So good people, STAY HOME IF YOU'RE SICK!!!!! You just might save someone else from dieing.

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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
Actually, a fever is the body's way of killing the virus. A virus can't live above a certain heat and that is why a fever is produced.
Suppressing it is counterproductive. Just don't let it get above 104 in adults.
Also, although a cold drink feels good on a sore throat, a hot drink kills more viruses.
When I have a sore throat, I sometimes put a heating pad on my throat.
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
Actually, a fever is the body's way of killing the virus. A virus can't live above a certain heat and that is why a fever is produced.
Suppressing it is counterproductive. Just don't let it get above 104 in adults.
Also, although a cold drink feels good on a sore throat, a hot drink kills more viruses.
When I have a sore throat, I sometimes put a heating pad on my throat.
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Indeed. Good info AC!
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
Actually, a fever is the body's way of killing the virus. A virus can't live above a certain heat and that is why a fever is produced.
Suppressing it is counterproductive. Just don't let it get above 104 in adults.
Also, although a cold drink feels good on a sore throat, a hot drink kills more viruses.
When I have a sore throat, I sometimes put a heating pad on my throat.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 50349274

+1,000

Unless the fever is in a danger zone, leave it be. I understand taking some medicine when one has to work. But staying home and off the meds is the best thing for colds and flu.
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
To much bad propaganda for the Aspirin.


little fishy to me
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
Jeezyms...if you take aspirin for fevers/virus..you risk Reyes...aspirin is never administered for that..especially kids.
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Re: Health News: Flu virus replicates FASTER if you take fever reducer
Load up on garlic and onion , eat plenty of Salsa

The key is " don't get sick " stay preventative

Proper rest , proper exercise , and proper diet

People are dying from these " flu " symptoms

Stay safe and informed hf





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