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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Frequent travel + recurring fever, sweats etc

 ukmatto - Sat Aug 11, 2007 9:57 am

hi, board - perhaps someone might have an opinion on this one.

I travel a lot - including to places like central america and south east asia. Over the past few years I've had 3 or 4 episodes which are all exactly the same in terms of symptoms and duration. I'm wondering if these could be recurrent rather than independent?

I'm now 34, Male and am not on any medications, nor do I have any medical history of note.

The symptoms come on suddenly and intensify quickly - within 24 hours. I have a high fever, go hot and cold, experience some delirium, headache, muscle pain, slight light sensitivity, difficult to stand for long, slight nausea but no vomiting, slight diarrhoea, my sweat smells rancid and my mouth has a 'similar' taste that no amount of brushing can remove.

The fever breaks after 24-36 hours, and I start feeling normal perhaps 48 hours after the onset.

I would put it down to food poisoning usually if it weren't for the fact that the episodes are exactly the same each time.

Any thoughts welcome.

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:37 pm

User avatar Hi Matto,

Because of your travel you must consider infections from these areas also. One common cause of recurring fevers that may explain your symptoms is malaria.

You may want to consider seeing an infectious disease specialist to help guide your work up and treatment.

Best wishes.

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