When our body temperature is higher than the normal range, it is termed as fever. According to National Institute of Health, for most people, body temperature of 98.6 degree Fahrenheit (37 degree Celsius) in adults and 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 degree Celsius) are considered normal. And when it exceeds beyond this, you have fever. A fever is basically the body’s way of fighting an infection or inflammation like flu virus or any injury or disease.
Other reason for fever could be symptoms of any illness or conditions like ear infection, immunization in children, heat exposure, auto immune disorder, cancer, poison or abnormalities in brain etc. A fever is often accompanied by specific complaints like headache, body ache, dehydration, chills, vomiting and weakness. To bring the temperature down and feel better, you can use these simple home remedies. But if high fever persists, you must seek medical advice.
Natural Remedies for Fever:
Cool Your Body
Soak a wash cloth in normal tap water; wring out excess water and sponge the high heat areas like armpits, hands, feet, and groin. As the water evaporates from the skin, it will cool the body and help to bring down temperature. Also, place a damp washcloth on your forehead and back of the neck several times after wringing the excess water can help to bring down the body temperature.
Change the cloth piece after few minutes; it will help to keep temperature under control when you have high fever. Take bath in lukewarm water. But do not use cold water as it can make the blood rush to the internal organ and warm them up instead of cooling down. Also stay away from taking a shower.
Drink Plenty Of Water And Fluids
Drink plenty of water and fluids like electrolyte, fruit juices, lemon water, soups and chilled foods like yogurt, ice pops etc to cool your body from inside out and hydrate your body and avoid dehydration which is usually caused due to sweating during fever. Dehydration can lead to rise in temperature.
Take Rest In Well Ventilated Room
Take rest in a room that is well ventilated. High temperature can make fever last for longer period. Also, lack of sleep can weaken your immune system and increase the risk of chronic disease. Taking enough rest will help your body to heal faster and also help to strengthen the immune system. Keep in mind that excessive sweating can lead to dehydration. So, keep the fans on low setting so that it does not blow directly on you. Breathing fresh air will help you to feel better.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Remove excess clothing or blankets that can trap heat and make the fever last longer. Wear light comfortable clothes so that your skin can lose more heat, relax and improve circulation. If you feel chilly, use light blanket until you feel warm.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for bringing down temperature. The acid present in apple cider vinegar will help to draw out heat from the skin and bring relief. Apple cider vinegar is high in minerals which will help to replenish the minerals that get eliminated through sweating.
Use apple cider vinegar in lukewarm bath water and soak yourself for 5-10 minutes to lower body temperature. Alternatively, add it in water that you are using for sponge bath or in the water for dipping washcloth to place on forehead, neck or tummy. Repeat the process at regular intervals until temperature reduces. Drinking a glass of water after adding 2tsp apple cider and 1tsp honey 2-3 times a day will also bring relief.
Basil is an excellent herb for bringing down fever. It works like antibiotic and its healing properties helps to reduce fever quickly. Make tea by adding 15 basil leaves in one cup of hot water, steep for 5 minutes, add 1tsp honey and drink 3-4 times a day until you recover completely.
Ginger contains antibacterial and antiviral properties that help to kill any kind of infection. Drinking ginger tea can induce sweating and bring down fever. Make ginger tea by adding ½ inch piece of freshly grated ginger in a cup of boiling water. Add little honey and drink 2-3 times a day.
The antioxidant and antibacterial property of raisins can help to fight infection and bring down fever. Soak 20-25 raisins in half cup water for an hour. Crush the raisins and strain the liquid. To this add juice of half a lemon and drink the solution. Drink 2-3 times to get complete relief.
A fever is a kind of inflammation your body uses to protect itself from harmful substances. So avoid fried, refined carbohydrate foods that increases inflammation and make fever last longer.