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Fever, muscle pain, joint ache, itching, no redness, bites or hives. Had flu shot. No detergent change. Any ideas?

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I'm a 46 yo healthy woman. Yesterday I began running a fever 101.2 with muscle/joint aching and I have mild to moderate itching all over. NO redness, bites, hives--nothing. I had a flu shot 3 weeks ago. No changes in detergent, etc.

Any ideas???
Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 34 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

Everything you describe here sounds like a benign type of viral syndrome. Viruses in the environment are common and when we are exposed to them they can sometimes trigger a constellation of symptoms including fever, fatigue, muscle and joint pains and sometimes a rash with or without itching.

These types of viral syndromes typically last from as little as 3 days up to sometimes 4 to 6 weeks. I would advise that you support your body with good hydration, adequate sleep, a well-balanced diet and a moderate exercise regimen. Exercise is actually good for the immune system which is why I suggest it here. In addition you can supplement your diet with some Vitamin C - 1000 mg daily and consider drinking some immune boost type of tea such as Echinacea which is readily available at most supermarkets. You can take acetaminophen every 4 hourly to treat fever and apply aloe vera gel on the itchy areas for symptomatic relief.

I expect your symptoms to gradually level off and improve over the next week or two. In the event that this does not occur, I suggest you visit with your primary physician for a complete physical exam and possibly some blood work as well. In the meantime, try not to worry about this and focus on maintaining good health as I have recommended with diet, fluid intake and exercise as well as adequate sleep (7-9 hours per night).

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Wishing you good health.

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