Fever is not a disease itself. In fact, it is a symptom that your body is trying to cope up with some infection in your body showing that you have a strong immune response. Whenever some virus or infection enters your body, the immune system raises the temperature of your body to make it less favorable for the infection to survive. So, letting your body to break the fever naturally is better instead of rushing to get it to normal temperature quickly. You can use some natural remedies to feel better and letting your body fight with the illness, making sure that your immune response is not compromising on what it is designed to do.
This article entitles some remedies you can try to break a mild fever and highlighting some practices that should be avoided.
1. How To Break The Fever By Resting Enough
Take care of yourself and make sure to take plenty of rest. Fever means that your body is working hard to fight off some infection in your body. So, taking enough rest will allow your immune system to focus more on tackling the infection and protecting the body from potential harmful effects of the infections or virus. Keeping yourself engaged with work will put extra load on your body and can possibly make your fever worse.
2. How To Break The Fever By Hydrating yourself
“Sweat it out” is an old saying we all know when it comes to break a fever. Excessive sweating will not help with your fever. Your body needs water to function properly. In fever, body tends to sweat more in order to regulate the temperature and sweating can cause dehydration that can worsen the fever. Make sure to keep yourself hydrated by sipping on liquids such as water, diluted juices, herbal tea, sports drinks, non-caffeinated beverages. Avoid caffeine as it makes you pee more that will leave you dehydrate.
3. How To Break The Fever By Staying cool
Make sure to keep your surrounding cool. Try to wear light clothes. Avoid putting extra layers as it will make your body temperature to rise. Cuddle up yourself with a single sheet or light blanket and rest up with a good book or listen to your favorite podcast. Do not put a pile of blankets around yourself as it will not help in breaking the fever down.
4. How To Break The Fever By Using Cold Compressions
Cold compressions can help with the fever. You can apply cold packs on your forehead or under your arm. Avoid using it for infants as they cannot tell if they are comfortable with it. You can sponge bath or take a shower with luke warm water. Do not take cold bath or ice cube bath. Applying a cool, wet washcloth can help lowering the fever.
Avoid cooling off if you have chills with fever as it will cause your temperature to rise making you feel uncomfortable.
5. Take over the counter drugs
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can be used to relieve fever, headache or body pains. Aspirin can also be used to break the fever but do not give it to children and teens as it can cause Reye’s syndrome. Be patient and do not over dose yourself to rush back to work because overdoing is not effective at all. In fact they can have harmful side effects. Always read the directions and label before using any medication to avoid complications.
6. How To Break The Fever With Herbal Remedies
Ginger tea can help ease a mild fever. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it effective for relieving fever, cold, flu and other symptoms. You can get one from your nearest super market or take a ginger slice to make it yourself at home.
7. Do Not Force Yourself To Eat
In fever, loss your appetite is common that makes food less appealing. Don’t force yourself to eat. Go easy on yourself and give your body the time and energy it needs to heal naturally. Focus on taking fluids like soups, broths, electrolyte drinks to replenish your body. You can also suck on some popsicles, ice chips, ice cubes. For adding some variety, freeze out some diluted fruit juices in ice cube tray. Your appetite will be back once you start healing and you can eat whatever appeals you such as chicken soups, scrambled eggs, toasts.
Core temperature of human body is 98.6 F. If your temperature rises above 100.3 F you are likely having a fever. Mild fever is nothing you need to worry about. But if your temperature spikes to 103 or above, fever that lasts more than 3 days unresponsive to any medication, experiencing symptoms such as confusion, severe headache, severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty breathing, rash, seizures than you better consult some physician. In case of infants and babies, a slight change in temperature can be concerning and you should consult some paediatrician.