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Medical Offices of Manhattan’s primary care specialist, Lisa Alex, MD, speaks to HuffPost Wellness about Unexpected Reasons Why You Might Have A Fever

There are many reasons why you may have a fever, some benign and self-resolving and some that may be more grave in nature. Here are some common causes of a fever —


Usually the most common causes of fever. This includes both viral and bacterial in origin. The source of infection will often be found depending on the symptoms — for example, if you have a stuffy/runny nose, cough, fatigue you may most likely have an upper respiratory infection. This is pretty common during the winter months, more often than not it is viral in nature. Usually takes a few days to pass – just make sure to stay well hydrated and rested! And of course, wash your hands frequently to get rid of those germs! Now with those symptoms, if you have persistent facial pain, this may indicate a sinus infection. Ear pain? This may mean ear infection. Diarrhea? This may mean a gastrointestinal infection.

She’s quoted as saying:

Inflammatory Conditions

Certain inflammatory conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can cause fevers, said Lisa Alex. This also occurs because the body is producing pyrogens, which raises your temperature. So if you have underlying inflammatory conditions and have a flare-up of any sort, the result may be a fever.

View the original piece placement on HuffPost Wellness.