enzymes and fevers?

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enzymes and fevers?

Post by biolojerk » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:30 am

What does an ice bath treatment for a fever have to do with enzymes? I can't seem to find anything in my book or online that tells what enzymes do during a fever and whether the temperature change is supposed to let them work better or worse...? I'm quite confused. Can anyone help me understand this? Thanks in advance.

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Post by mith » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:31 am

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Re: enzymes and fevers?

Post by biolojerk » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:42 am

Well, if I had to answer the question ("use what you know of enzymes: why would someone who is taken to an ER with a high fever be given an ice bath to lower their temperature?") right now, I would probably say this:

A high fever affects the enzymes' ability to function correctly. The lower temperature brought about by the ice bath would bring the enzymes to a state where they could work properly and keep the patient alive.

Does this sound about right? Do I have it wrong?

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Post by mith » Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:26 am

You're good. Make sure you understand how exactly they're being affected.
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Post by Darby » Fri Apr 18, 2008 4:07 pm

And keep in mind that the ice bath is used to get the person's temperature down closer to normal.

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Post by calvin.ng.wh » Fri May 02, 2008 6:15 pm

Darby wrote:And keep in mind that the ice bath is used to get the person's temperature down closer to normal.


Hence, while giving ice bath treatment, the client's body temperature has to be monitored closely. We don't want someone that comes in with hyperthermia turns into hypothermia. :wink:

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