Fever and Lupus
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 don't 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
"normal" 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
- Even if you don't have a fever,
don't 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
pneumococcal pneumonia and
- 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