Fevers are commonly associated with the onset of Lupus, as well as flares. In this article, learn what causes them, which Lupus patients they affect, and how to manage Lupus fevers.
What Causes Lupus Fevers and Who Do They Affect?
Unexplainable low-grade fevers usually up to 101˚F have been found to occur in between 36 to 86 percent of people with Lupus. Persistent low-grade fevers can be an early sign of Lupus and, for those already diagnosed with Lupus, can indicate an upcoming flare, infection, or inflamation. They can also be a side effect of some medications.
If you’re experiencing persistent low-grade fevers, you should speak to your doctor to rule out infection and discuss treatment options.
How Can I Prevent and Manage Lupus Fevers?
You can help reduce the discomfort associated with fevers by:
- Avoiding Lupus triggers, like sun exposure and high levels of stress
- Taking medication for Lupus to help avoid flares
- Taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin
- Applying fever patches or cold compresses to the forehead, back of the neck and inside of the wrists
- Staying hydrated and avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration
- Keeping your environment cool with an air conditioner, air cooler or fan. You can also get a personal handheld USB fan, neck fan or water misting fan.
- Wearing lightweight clothes made of cotton and limiting the amount of blankets you use
- Avoiding taking cool or cold showers or baths, which can shock your body and cause chills. Lukewarm showers or baths are okay, though.
- Avoiding eating large meals or eating foods that are difficult to digest, like greasy foods, as these can cause an increase in body temperature
- Avoiding activities that can increase your body temperature, like exercising