Fever-reducing medications do more harm than good

Taking fever-reducing medication may aid the spread of influenza.

Having a fever may makes you feel miserable but it can lower the amount of a virus present in the body when someone is unwell, reducing the chances of the virus being spread to others.

Taking drugs to reduce a fever increases the chances of transmission as there is more virus present in the body. People who are still sick but have alleviated symptoms go back to work or school, infecting others.

Experimenting on both human volunteers and ferrets, researchers used a mathematical model to calculate that fever suppression increases the number of annual cases of influenza by approximately 5%, equivalent to an extra 1,000 deaths from the virus in a typical year in North America.

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