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Are low-grade fevers normal with COPD?

I have COPD stage 4 and I am having low grade (like 2 degrees) temps off and on for the last 2 weeks. When I do have the temp I feel a bit run down. I guess my question is, are these low grade temps relatively normal with stage 4 COPD? I'm on oxygen 24/7, have been for the last 3 years since they said I was stage 4, now at 4 liters per. I still don't know all of the little surprises this COPD brings with it.

  1. Hi again, Seabolt, and thanks for your reply and explanation. A sporadic low grade fever, as you describe, will be an important symptom to know for the physician you select to work with, be it your internist or the pulmonary doctor.

    Just because you have the three symptoms mentioned (cough, shortness of breath, and fever), it does not necessarily mean you have COVID. For that, you will need to be tested (the swab culture). You will either be positive or negative, Until you know the results, the doctor will assess what, if anything, is going on now in your particular case.

    I will wish you 'good luck!', and ask that you please keep us apprised of your progress.

    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

    1. Leon, that's what I thought also, as far as not being typical. It doesn't happen everyday so going to a Dr is probably not going to help much. Part of the problem is with COPD, I have now developed a cough, which isn't unusual for COPD and I am frequently short of breath. So between the fever the cough and short of breath they will want to quarantine me for Covid. I mean those are three of the signs of Covid. But being it's not something others are having I probably should call my doctor. But then again witch one Pulmonology or GP.

      Thanks for the input, seabolt

      1. Hi seabolt, and thanks for your post. You may be aware, we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety, naturally), but your concern certainly warrants a reply.

        In the most general of terms, fevers are typically not associated in a normal with with just COPD. Is it possible something else may be causing the fever in your situation? I would suggest you bring this very real concern to the attention of your physician. The doctor will be able to assess your individual situation and determine the best course of action and / or treatment. What do you think?

        Please do check back and let us know how this all turns out for you.

        Wishing you well,
        Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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