Fevers can come out of nowhere, get very high, and cause us to be alarmed, but don’t fret; fever means your immune system is healthy. When you get sick, your body tries to fight whatever disease, infection or virus is causing you to be sick. The cells that fight off things work best in warm temperatures; therefore, your body gets warmer resulting in a fever.
There are many ways to bring down a fever on you’re own, but there is a point when you should seek a medical professional. If an infant’s temperature has reached 100, if a child has reached 102, or if an adult has reached 104, a trip to the E.R. is advisable. If you’re dealing with a fever that doesn’t exceed these temperatures than there is plenty you can do to relieve yourself of it.
Lowering it with a Lukewarm Shower or Bath
The first thing I like to do is get into a lukewarm bath or shower. The water has to be lukewarm because if it is too cold for you’re body, it will reduce the blood flow to the skin, which could cause it to go up even higher. The best temperature is whatever temperature your body feels like.
Using a sponge to squeeze water over you’re body helps even more. If you are using a Tylenol regimen or other medicine, it’s best to be used before a bath. Tylenol and other anti-fever medicines turn down the body’s “thermostat” so that the body doesn’t generate more heat while you are trying to take heat away with the bath.
Therefore, the bath will work much better after Tylenol or another anti-fever medicine. Don’t stay in the bath for too long, about 8 to 10 minutes should be good enough. Don’t bundle up when you come out even if you are cold, and even though you will be tempted to. Allow your body to feel the fresh air.
Applying a Damp Cloth to Feet, Legs, and Neck
Another great way, especially if you don’t have the want or strength to shower thoroughly, is to apply a damp cloth with slightly cool water to you’re legs, feet, and neck. Once the cloth gets warm, remove it and rinse off with cool water and reapply again. What this does is sponge off some of the warmth your body is retaining.
Putting it on these areas are best because they seem to cool the body down the quickest. Repeat this 5 or 6 times until you feel a noticeable difference in your bodies temperature. Again you will be tempted to cover yourself because you are cold but try to restrain from it.
Garlic Soaked in Hot Water
This one may not sound too appealing, but garlic does a lot of wonderful things for the body. Throw some raw pieces of garlic into hot water and sip it slowly. It may not taste great, but it is an excellent way to lower your fever, and it’s also great for keeping a fever from coming back.
The garlic promotes sweat, which helps rid your body of toxins. Don’t drink it too quickly, especially since it’s hot water, and don’t drink too much because you don’t want to go from fever to stomach ache. Sipping on a mug of it for about 4 or 5 minutes at a time throughout the day works best.
Fevers don’t always mean you’re sick; sometimes they are because you are hot from being outside in the sun too long, sometimes they can be because you are hungry or even tired. Ruling out these issues will allow you to help better you’re high fever.
Drinking plenty of fluids is a good idea as is plenty of rest, but remember, don’t bundle up; we don’t want to keep the body hot; we want to make it cooler. While you’re here read our article on getting rid of Fever Blisters in this article.