You've heard it before â€“ stuff a cold and starve a fever â€“ but is this sound medical advice? Where did this bizarre treatment method come from anyway and what really happens to your body when you starve a fever? Take this quiz and learn about the effects of starving a fever.
Where does the idea “to starve a fever” originate?
Fasting as a method of treatment for a fever dates back to ancient Greece. This treatment idea first appeared in print in the 16th century.
A fever constitutes a body temperature increase of at least:
1 degree Fahrenheit
Your normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. A fever constitutes a raise in body temperature by at least 1 degree Fahrenheit to 99.6 degrees, which is considered a low-grade fever.
Besides a viral or bacterial illness, what types of medical conditions cause a fever?
cancer and inflammatory bowel disease
heat exhaustion and multiple sclerosis
both of the above
Various medical conditions can lead to a fever, such as cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, heat exhaustion and multiple sclerosis. This is why you should seek medical attention whenever you experience a fever.
Which Greek philosopher theorized about a link between diet and fever?
Aristotle argued that food is to a fever, as wood is to a fire. Instead of starving a fever, however, Aristotle believed you should overeat, with the belief that an excessively hot body temperature would get rid of a fever.
The immune system screws up your hypothalamus controls, which make you think that you're not hungry. An illness may also cause gastrointestinal issues, leading to symptoms of nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.