What To Do For Fever?
Fever is not an ailment but a symptom of an ailment, especially infections. Now, technically, because it is not an ailment, it does not need to be treated. However, fever can seriously affect a person’s body. High body temperatures can affect the enzymes and chemicals in the body which could cause the person to have deliriums and more serious complications. Thus, when the patient presents fever, even if it is not the main ailment, it should be managed as soon as possible.
Natural Cures To Reduce Body Temperature
The following treatment options are readily available at home, offering quick remedies for reducing body temperature:
- Lemon balm is both cooling and refreshing; it is a mild fever reducer.
- Elder flower tea is useful in reducing fever in children.
- Raspberry and strawberry teas are beneficial as well.
- Green tea added with lemon.
- Mix 1 to 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Drink it.
- Brew willow bark in water to make tea.
- It is also possible to use linden flower for tea.
- Angelica root, when boiled and infused with water, is also very effective in bringing the body temperature down.
- For fever blisters, try applying cooled red clover tea on affected area three times a day.
How To Manage Fever
It is not enough to just give the patient medications. It is also very important that the patient is clean, comfortable, and well-rested. The following tips should be useful to lower the body temperature:
- Although the patient feels cold, it is not a very good idea to stay under several layers of thick blankets. This will only increase the body temperature more. Keep the patient cool by removing excess clothes and blankets but give him/her a thick blanket for comfort. Still, it is a good idea to put on some socks.
- Keep the patient comfortable. Keep the clothes loose but warm.
- Take any of the home remedies mentioned above.
- Also, keep the patient hydrated. This is a good time to give him/her chicken broth, especially if the appetite has waned.
- Always monitor the temperature. If possible, take the temperature every hour and list it down.
- If the patient becomes hot, apply a cold ice pack or damp towel on the forehead. Sometimes, adding a small amount of vinegar to the water used to make the towel damp can help lower down the temperature faster.
- A sponge bath will also help keep the body temperature down.
- Give the patient a massage.