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Fever and Lupus

Patient Information Sheet

Fever is often a part of lupus. For some people with lupus, an intermittent (coming and going) or continuous low-grade fever may be normal. Other people, especially those taking large doses of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids, may not have fever at all because these drugs may mask a fever.

If you have lupus, you may be more vulnerable to certain infections than other people who donít have lupus. In addition, you may be more prone to infection if you are taking any immunosuppressive drugs for your lupus. Be alert to a temperature that is new or higher than normal for you, because it could be a sign of a developing infection or a lupus flare.


Caring for Yourself

  • Take your temperature at least once a day (or more often if needed) to determine what a ďnormalĒ temperature is for you.

  • Take your temperature and watch for a fever any time you feel chills or do not feel well.

  • Call your doctor immediately if you have a new or higher-than normal temperature.

  • Even if you donít have a fever, donít hesitate to call your doctor if you do not feel well in any way, particularly if you are taking aspirin, NSAIDs, or a corticosteroid. Signs of infection other than a fever include unusual pain, cramping or swelling, a headache with neck stiffness, cold or flu symptoms, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in urine or stool.

  • Talk to your doctor about immunization against pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu.

  • Practice good personal hygiene.

  • Avoid large crowds and people who are sick.




Source: National Institutes of Health, U.S.Dept of Health and Human Services



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