Would a sauna help fight disease, like a fever?

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Would a sauna help fight disease, like a fever?
« on: 06/08/2008 13:30:52 »
Randy asked the Naked Scientists:

Fever vs Sauna: It has been speculated that fevers help us recover or fight-off disease for a number of reasons, including creating an environment that some pathogens cannot tolerate.

If so, it would seem that spending time in a sauna could mimic this effect. Is there any research to confirm or deny this hypothesis?

What do you think?


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Would a sauna help fight disease, like a fever?
« Reply #1 on: 07/08/2008 22:03:17 »
It had been observed that some who develop high fevers could be cured of syphilis. Thus, for a brief time malaria was used as treatment for tertiary syphilis because it produced prolonged and high fevers. This was considered an acceptable risk because the malaria could later be treated with quinine which was available at that time. This discovery was championed by Julius Wagner-Jauregg, who won the 1927 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in this area. Malaria as a treatment for syphilis was usually reserved for late disease
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