Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic widespread pain and tenderness in muscles and joints, particularly in the neck, shoulders and low back. It can also cause fatigue, insomnia and headaches.
A low grade fever is a common occurrence for people with fibromyalgia. Usually, it is not a cause for concern. However, a low grade fever lasting longer than two days can be a sign of a more serious infection or other medical complication.
Other symptoms that may occur with low grade fevers include:
- Feeling tired or fatigued
- Feeling weak or dizzy
- Body aches
- Sore throat or cough
- Difficulty concentrating
Causes of low grade fever
A low grade fever is generally caused by an infection. These infections may occur in the digestive tract, urinary tract, skin, respiratory tract, and the respiratory system. This can be life threatening if an infection goes untreated.
Other causes of low grade fever include:
- Illnesses or infections
- Certain drugs, such as opiates
- Viral infections
- Low blood sugar, which can cause muscle cramps
- Severe dehydration
- Low blood pressure or heart failure
- A reaction to a medication
- Kidney failure
- Low iron, which can cause fatigue
- Urinary tract infections
- Tumors or tumors
- Lung infections
- HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Liver disease
Low grade fever causes
Low grade fevers can be caused by an infection. Common infections that can cause low grade fevers include:
- Streptococcus pneumonia
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Streptococcal pharyngitis
- Pneumococcal meningitis
Other possible causes include:
- Infection of the digestive tract, urinary tract, skin, respiratory tract, or the respiratory system
- Medications, such as opiates
Diagnosis of low grade fever
To diagnose a low grade fever, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and your medical history. They will also perform a physical examination to assess your mobility and ability to work. Your doctor will also review the results of any tests you have run.
If your doctor suspects an infection, they may order blood tests or cultures to help them diagnose the cause.
Treatment of low grade fever
Low grade fevers that are caused by an infection will usually go away on their own within a few days. However, if the infection is severe, it can lead to a secondary bacterial infection and the need for antibiotics.
If your low grade fever is caused by a medication, talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication.
Your doctor may also prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-inflammatory drugs to help you manage pain.
Prevention of low grade fever
To prevent infections that cause low grade fevers, it is important to wash your hands and avoid contact with sick people. This can help prevent the spread of germs that cause a low grade fever.
Low grade fever treatment
When treating a low grade fever, your doctor may prescribe:
- Antibiotics. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection that caused the fever. If an infection is severe, they may recommend additional antibiotics.
- Pain relievers. Your doctor may prescribe pain relievers to help you manage the pain of the fever.
- IV fluids. Your doctor may give you IV fluids to replace the fluids that your body has lost during the fever.
- Decongestants. Your doctor may recommend decongestants to help reduce swelling in your face, eyes, or ears.
When to see a doctor about low grade fever?
If you experience low grade fever with any of the following symptoms, see your doctor right away:
- Redness, swelling, or warmth at the site of the bite
- Pain that is severe
- Fever that lasts longer than two days
- Fever that is higher than 104 F (40 C)
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent sore throat, cough, or runny nose
- Severe headache
- Fever that occurs two days or more after a vaccination
How to prevent low grade fever?
To prevent low grade fevers, it is important to wash your hands often during the day and avoid contact with people who are sick.
It is also important to keep your immune system strong by getting the flu vaccine and getting enough sleep each night.
How is low grade fever diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose a low grade fever by asking you about your symptoms and medical history. They will also perform a physical examination to assess your mobility and ability to work.
Your doctor may order blood tests to test for infections, and cultures to help them diagnose the cause.
How is low grade fever treated?
Treatment for low grade fever depends on the cause of the fever. For example, if you have a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. If the infection is severe, they may also recommend additional antibiotics.
If you have a viral infection, your doctor may prescribe anti-anxiety or anti-inflammatory drugs to help with pain management.
If an infection is severe, it can be life threatening if you do not get treatment.
Low grade fever and medication
Medications that may help control low grade fevers include:
- Pain relievers. Pain relievers can help reduce the pain associated with a low grade fever.
- Decongestants. Decongestants can help reduce swelling. These medications can also help you sleep at night.
- Antibiotics. Antibiotics can treat an infection that has caused a low grade fever.
What is the long-term outlook for low grade fever?
If you have a low grade fever, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you diagnose and treat the cause of the fever. They may prescribe antibiotics, pain relievers, or other medications to help manage your fever.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to manage the fever, and to avoid contact with people who are sick.
If the fever is caused by an infection, it will usually go away on its own within a few days, but if the fever is severe, it can lead to a secondary bacterial infection. If you have a secondary bacterial infection, it can be life threatening if you do not get treatment.
If the fever is caused by a medication, you do not need to worry about this condition unless you are running a fever for longer than two days. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments and any side effects.
Low grade fevers are very common and usually not serious. If you have a low grade fever, you should talk to your doctor. They can help you diagnose the cause and recommend the best treatment.
When the infection is severe, the fever can be life threatening if you do not get treatment. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to manage the fever and to avoid contact with people who are sick
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