Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that has been causally linked to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural mineral that was used through the 20th century in the construction of homes, buildings, boats and manufacturing plants. It was mostly used as an additive in materials such as paints and insulation.
Though manufacturers stopped making products that included asbestos in the mid 1980s, these materials were still being used to build structures well into the 1990s. Those who have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma are construction workers and people who spent a lot of time confined to a space that has a large amount of asbestos, such as Navy ship sailors.
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer, but it can take up to 50 years to develop. For this reason, many who were injured due to asbestos exposure do not find out until much later in life. The onset of symptoms can replicate other conditions making it more difficult to detect. One such symptom is fever.
What is a Fever?
In adults, a fever is defined as a core body temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher. This temperature often moves up and down throughout the course of a day and can indicate that the body is fighting off an infection. A fever can also point to other conditions such as drug reactions, inflammatory illness and even the growth of tumors. There are even times when a source of a fever is not known. Though a fever can be quite uncomfortable and cause alarm, it is the body’s natural way of fighting off infection. Mesothelioma patients who are having chemotherapy treatments are more susceptible to infections and a fever can be a big aid in fighting them off.
Mesothelioma Stages with Fever
Patients who are suffering symptoms from mesothelioma can develop a fever before or during any stage of the illness. A fever might also be accompanied by night sweats. It is more common to see the onset of fever in patients who have late stages of mesothelioma, but it is important to reinforce the fact that a fever can happen at any time. A fever is not just an increase in the temperature of a person’s skin, but it can also cause a lot of uncomfortable headaches, aches and pains.
Treating a Fever Associated with Mesothelioma
A fever can also be managed by drinking an abundance of fluids, using a cold compress and eating cold treats such as popsicles.
The team here at Mesowatch has assisted hundreds of victims exposed to asbestos and provide the experience and dedication needed to take on such the asbestos industry. Contact Mesowatch today if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure.