often take or give their kids fever reducing drugs so they can go to work or school, said David Earn, a professor of mathematics who led the study.
think it really something that people should consider, he said Tuesday from Hamilton. all they need to do is remember that they could be more infectious if they take this medication and so should be cautious.
go out into the community when they should still stay home. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Toronto Mount Sinai Hospital, agreed the study raises important questions that need to be answered.
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Researchers at McMaster University say medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can ease some flu symptoms, including bringing down fever.
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they feel better, they might go and sit on Granny lap, he said. no problem if you take the medication if you stay at home. You can infect them.
not what we saying, stressed Earn. paper isn about whether or not you should take medication to reduce your fever. That something that ideally you should decide in consultation with a physician for you, individually, whether it good or bad for your health.
may think the risk of infecting others is lower because the fever is lower, said Earn. fact, the opposite may be true: the ill people may give off more virus because Nike Zoom Air
He suggests that if parents give children a fever reducing medicine for flu, they should be discouraged from visiting older people or those with underlying medical conditions, who are more prone to complications if they contract the infection.
Fever medicines may help spread flu if people feel better
research is important because it will help us understand how better to curb the spread of influenza, said Dr. David Price, chair of family medicine at McMaster.
data, for instance, on increased shedding is in ferrets. And ferrets are not humans. It might well be the same in humans but it not something we know the answer to. study conclusions also hinge on the idea that people who take fever reducing medicines are more likely to interact with others, she said, but that research has not yet been done.
In other words, an estimated 1,000 of the roughly 40,000 annual flu deaths might not have occurred, the study suggests.
TORONTO Taking over the counter medications for the aches, pains and fever caused by flu may make people feel somewhat better, but it also could make them more contagious resulting in increased cases and more deaths among the population, a study suggests.
But the researchers, whose report is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, say that doesn mean people should stop taking medicines to get relief from flu symptoms.
clearly an important question, but I don think that should change what we telling people to do at the moment: vaccinate, hand wash and stay home when you sick. agreed that more research is needed to pin down the magnitude of the fever reducing effect on flu spread, but he would not be surprised if it is even slightly higher.
in the amount of virus given off by a single person taking fever reducing drugs would increase the overall number of cases in a typical year, or in a year when a new strain of influenza caused a pandemic, such as H1N1 did in 2009.
point that we making is that if you take the medication, then there an effect on others that people don realize. And that that you could be more infectious than you were without taking the medication. So you need to be extra cautious about transmitting the infection to others. come up with their estimate, the researchers used data that included experiments on ferrets considered the best animal model for human Nike Zoom All Out Low Review influenza showing increased virus shedding in the absence of fever reducing drugs, called antipyretics.
discovered that this increase has significant effects when we scale up to the level of the whole population, said Earn, who specializes in mathematical projections of infectious disease transmission.
don think you can take away from this, though, that antipyretics increase the spread of human influenza or that we can in any way quantitate that, McGeer said.
fever has been reduced. because fever has been shown in a number of studies to lower the amount of some viruses in the body. Suppressing that uptick in temperature one way the immune system fights infection appears to leave a person with a greater amount of virus to shed, making them more infectious to others.
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