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Do fevers caused by infection not exceed 105 °F (40.6 °C)?

This question is prompted by but distinct from Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful? That question asks about whether fevers below that temperature can cause harm. This question is asking ...
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Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful?

Parents and pediatricians rush to treat low grade fever with acetaminophen and other powerful pain killers. Medical researchers refer to the over zealous treatment of non hazardous fever as fever ...
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Can ingested alcohol be beneficial for infection treatment or prevention?

According to lore, drinking alcohol can be beneficial for treatment / prevention of infectious diseases Here are a few notability links: J. London, The Heathen, 1909 The second day a man died, an ...
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Does fasting improve your immune system when you already have an infection or a disease?

Ayurveda is a recognized medical practice in India. Many Ayurvedic practitioners claim that fasting is a remedy for infections. Some make vague reference to research on autophagy. Here are some ...
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What are the chances of female-to-male SOA/STD transmission during straight sex [closed]

SOA (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seksueel_overdraagbare_aandoening) When a male does intercourse with a female who is infected with SOA (SOA called in Belgium, not sure SOA is STD?). How could/...
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Is the “Light Walker” dentist's tool effective at many issues?

In my local newspaper a little while ago, there was a full-page article (can't find an online copy) on a local dentist who uses a device called "The Light Walker", supposedly made by a group in ...
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Does the practice known as MBP cause HSV-1 in infants?

To introduce this question, there is an ongoing lawsuit in NYC about the religous practice of "metzitzah b’peh". From the city's info page about it: Health Department investigations of newborns ...
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Do students on paediatrics rotations get sick a lot?

From http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=605542: 3rd years get sick on peds alot. Peds or EM during the winter months pretty much maximizes your odds of getting something. Do ...
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Does “Sugar feed infection”

Whenever I'm sick I hear people say "Don't eat sugar. Sugar feeds infection". It seems like a well-known concepts: "Sugar feeds infection", "feeds infection and causes inflammation" and "contributes ...
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Will taking yeast infection medication build resistance if one doesn't have a yeast infection?

A female friend recently commented that women should never self diagnose yeast infections because if they don't actually have one and proceed with some kind of treatment, some kind of resistance will ...
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Can your toothbrush reinfect you if you have a cold?

I was in a supermarket yesterday and saw the following on a toothbrush: I found the advice repeated on the Colgate website: It is also very important to change toothbrushes after you've had a cold,...
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If a healthy person passionately kisses (i.e. makes out with) a person with the flu, can it be assumed that they're sick?

There are different strains and each person has a different immune system, but often I hear phrases like "Oh well, we already kissed, so I'm probably already sick". How faulty (if at all) is this ...
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Is HIV a sexually transmitted infection?

In Nancy Padian's 10 year study, none of the over 100 HIV- monogamous partners of HIV+ subjects seroconverted to HIV+ during the study. They were counseled to use condoms, but it is believed that they ...
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Is it good to be germaphobic?

I have a friend (the same guy that believes calcium in water is bad for you) who is germaphobic. That is, he will avoid germs at any expense. For example, kitchen surfaces will be pristine, using some ...