glamourBy Sarah Jio, Glamour magazine
An elevated fever may signal an uh-oh response, but don't fret about a mild fever, say some experts. It might just mean your immune system is working as it should!
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We all tend to think that fevers are bad, of course, and true, a persistent high fever can be dangerous. But, a mild fever (say, under 100 degrees) can actually be considered a healthy thing. In fact, as the Huffington Post points out, "researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that a higher body temperature can help our immune systems to work better and harder against infected cells.
Before, researchers thought that fevers worked by hindering dangerous microbes from multiplying. But 'this new work also suggests that the immune system might be temporarily enhanced functionally when our temperatures rise with fever,' John Wherry, Ph.D., deputy editor of the journal, said in the statement.'"
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So interesting, right? I'm someone who tends to run warm. Whenever I check my temp, I'm usually around 98.9 to 99.1. So I'm feeling a little better about this warm bod of mine. Apparently, it's doing a good job fighting off bugs!
Do you take your temperature often enough to see that you run high or low?
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