Ask the Nurse

I am 61-years-old and have been suffering with fevers ranging from 96.5 to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for more than six weeks. I was referred to an infectious disease specialist where everything looked normal more or less. The doctor did prescribe an antibiotic because in addition to the fevers, I have really bad congestion. I am wondering if these fevers could be solely from medications I am taking or can you experience some type of hot flash in my age bracket? I am taking a plant-based estrogen and progesterone.

I would recommend that you see a physician for a thorough work up for an underlying disease, including rheumatological diseases. Hot flashes are a perception of sudden heat in the upper part of the body followed by flushing and/or perspiration. Hot flashes do not lead to a continuous low-grade temperature.

If you are taking plant-based estrogen and progesterone, please research more on the side effects. There are no substantial studies supporting them for benefit of hot flashes. There are FDA approved hormone therapies that can help with your hot flash symptoms. Talk to your women’s health physician to see if this treatment is right for you.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 9, 2012 at 2:35pm