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If you use an antipyretic (anti-fever medicine) and no other treatment for a moderate fever, all you're really doing is treating a symptom rather than the underlying cause. It may make the patient more comfortable, but it's not actually making them any better.

High fevers are bad (they can cause brain damage), and those should be treated. But a moderate fever is unlikely to cause any permanent damage. (40/104 is the point at which doctors start to get worried about damage from the fever itself as opposed to from whatever the actual infection may be ... however, a doctor treating a fever this high is probably going to use aggressive active cooling techniques like ice baths rather than/in addition to medications).

There's a school of thought that says that fevers are part of the way the body fights infections, so by artificially reducing them you're not only doing nothing about the infection yourself but actually removing one of the tools in your body's arsenal. If true, then you're better off in the long run to just allow moderate fevers to run their course.

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If you use an antipyretic (anti-fever medicine) and no other treatment for a moderate fever, all you're really doing is treating a symptom rather than the underlying cause. It may make the patient more comfortable, but it's not actually making them any better.High fevers are bad (they can cause brain damage), and those should be treated. But a moderate fever is unlikely to cause any permanent damage. (40/104 is the point at which doctors start to get worried about damage from the fever itself as opposed to from whatever the actual infection may be ... however, a doctor treating a fever this high is probably going to use aggressive active cooling techniques like ice baths rather than/in addition to medications).There's a school of thought that says that fevers are part of the way the body fights infections, so by artificially reducing them you're not only doing nothing about the infection yourself but actually removing one of the tools in your body's arsenal. If true, then you're better off in the long run to just allow moderate fevers to run their course.


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