One minute, you are sweating and the next, you have chills. Check your temperature because chances are, you have a fever. Normal temperature averages 98.6ºF, but can range from 96.77 to 99ºF.
A fever is a symptom of some other condition, such as an infection, dehydration, or possibly, an allergic reaction. As the white blood cells race to attack the enemy, a fever results.
What You Can Do? Are There Any Natural Fever Remedies?
The body will naturally heal itself of a fever, but there are home remedies to help bring the fever down. Since a fever will usually subside when the infection or the allergic reaction causing it is cured, today it is thought to just ride out that fever, especially if it stays under 102ºF in otherwise healthy adults. However, if the fever is making you uncomfortable, you should treat it. Here are some natural fever remedies that can help lower the fever faster:
1. Take a lukewarm bath.
Sitting in a bath of lukewarm (cool, but not cold) water, or even sponging yourself with a washcloth dipped in cool water can help to bring fever down. For children, be sure to supervise them in the bath.
2. Take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen all have ingredients that reduce fever. Never give aspirin products to children under 18 years of age, because of the risk of Reye syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. Give them acetaminophen instead.
3. Drink plenty of fluids.
Stay hydrated by drinking water and fruit juices. Popsicles are also a good choice, especially for children.
4. Eat fresh pineapple.
Its natural anti-inflammatory agents help to fight fever. Also, pineapple helps to prevent dehydration.
5. Don’t pile extra blankets on the bed.
Unless you have chills, you should not cover up in several blankets. The old saying to “sweat out a fever” is a myth and it actually helps hold the heat in and will make you more uncomfortable.
6. Make a fever-reducing tea.
Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 1/2 cups warm water, and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Drink 4-5 ounces several times a day.
Rest is essential to fighting an infection or illness, which will reduce your fever.
8. Dress comfortably.
If you have the chills, you should bundle up. If you are sweating, however, remove as much clothes as possible. Fewer clothes can help the fever to go down faster.
9. Starve a fever.
This old saying may be true and is probably one of the oldest sayings when it comes to fever remedies. It turns out that the body’s nutrients, such as zinc and iron are essential for the growth of many infectious organisms. Therefore, these nutritional supplements, or foods that contain them, may actually help the infection flourish. Don’t try to force down food if you are not hungry.
When to Seek Medical Advice
If you have an infant, age two months or younger, with a rectal temperature of 100.4º For above, call your doctor or go to an emergency room because it could be a sign of a potentially life-threatening infection. Children three to six months of age with a temperature of 101ºF or above, or children over six months old with a temperature of 103ºF or higher require medical attention. High fever can cause febrile seizures in young children.
Medical advice is also necessary if the sufferer has AIDS, diabetes, cancer or heart disease, or is elderly. A fever of 104ºF or higher can be a risk for people with cardiac problems, since it accelerates the heartbeat, which makes the heart work harder than usual and may cause irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or even possibly a heart attack.
A fever of 105ºF or higher can cause brain damage in any person and requires immediate medical attention.
Fever can also result from heat stroke and causes the person to feel hot, yet they are not sweating. This is a medical emergency and should not be treated at home.
A fever accompanied by symptoms such as severe headache, stiff neck, vomiting, severe diarrhea, severe cough, severe sore throat, swelling of the throat, a red streak or rash on the body, pain with urination, back pain or abdominal pain requires medical attention.
If you are an otherwise healthy person with a slight fever and do not have other troubling symptoms, these natural fever remedies should bring some relief. A physician should be consulted if fever lasts for more than three days or continues to rise, despite the use of fever remedies. You may have infection that requires an antibiotic.
Note: This article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or replace the advice of a medical professional.
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