Also called hyperthermia, pyrexia, or elevated temperature, fever is the rise of body temperature that is higher than normal. Short term fever is generally considered healthy because it helps your body fight off illnesses. However, when fever becomes long term and more serious, medical attention is immediately required to prevent developing further complications.
The normal temperature for humans is about 98.6°F or 37°C. However, the normal temperature for individuals can slightly vary. Furthermore, normal temperature can be affected by outside factors such as change in weather, intense physical activities and menstrual cycle.
Body temperature is controlled by a brain part called hypothalamus, which is in charge of telling the body to cool down or warm up. Body temperature can be measured using a thermometer, which is placed on arm, ear, anus or mouth.
Fever can develop in both children and adults. It is usually not a cause for panic or concern unless the fever is already experienced for three consecutive days especially among children.
There are many factors that can cause or trigger fever.
• Teething in infants
• Food poisoning
• Taking of specific medications that can cause fever, such as antibiotics
• Mecidla conditions
• Loss of appetite
• Lack of energy
• Unable to focus on concentrate
• Decreased pain tolerance
• Increased sensitivity
Natural Home Remedies for Fever
Fever is common especially among children and does not require professional medical attention unless the case is severe. Fever can be easily treated at home using any of the many natural home remedies.
1. Cold Therapy
One of the most common and effective natural ways to lower down fever is by using cloth damped in cold water and applying to various body parts like forehead, armpits and chest. Regular application of cold compress is highly beneficial in lowering down body temperature especially during high fever.
Make sure to re- damp the cloth in cold water after a few minutes to maintain cold effect. Do this several times a day especially when fever is high. You can also change the cloth every day to prevent bacterial formation.
Commercially made cold patches are also available in drugstores. These are more convenient and comfortable especially for children with fever. Make sure to replace the cold patch with a new one after a few hours or as directed in the instructions.
Using ice bag to lower down body temperature is another alternative. Get a clean ice bag and fill with cold water and a few pieces if ice cubes. Apply to the forehead, neck or arm for several minutes. In addition to ice bag, taking a quick cold shower can also effectively lower down body temperature. You can also prepare a cold bath and soak your body for a few minutes.
Basil is rich with anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for lowering body temperature. In fact, basil has been proven to be as effective as antibiotics in treating fever. Furthermore, its healing properties promote faster recovery from most fever symptoms.
Get 20 to 25 basil leaves and boil with 4 cups of water for about 5 to 10 minutes in low to medium heat. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey. You can also add a cup of milk. Drink a cup three times a day – morning, noon and before going to bed. Drink until fever is completely gone.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This wonder vinegar is highly sought for its wide array of health benefits including treating fever. It is also cheaper compared to other fever remedies. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of ACV help draw out body heat from skin pores. Furthermore, it is loaded with minerals to replace the nutrition lost during fever.
Directly consume 1 teaspoon of ACV in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed. To improve taste, you can add a few drops of honey and lemon.
Mix 1 cup of ACV to a hot or lukewarm bath. Stir well and soak your body for about 10 to 20 minutes. Doing this will promote immediate decrease of fever while relaxing and calming the whole body. Take a quick shower to rinse off the smell of ACV in your body. When done, you will feel that your body is instantly energized.
Since early times, garlic has been a popular natural cure for many illnesses such as fever. Garlic enables the body to sweat, thus releasing toxins and other harmful elements through the skin pores. Garlic also instantly lowers body temperature through sweating. In addition, garlic is loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect in treating fever that may be caused by infections.
Chop 1 medium sized garlic into very small pieces and boil with 2 cups of water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Strain until the liquid is clear and drink as a tea. Drink twice a day – morning and before going to bed until fever is completely gone.
Slice a few pieces of garlic cloves into thin pieces and add 2 teaspoon of olive oil. Put in low heat for about 5 minutes. Let it cool down and apply on the soles of the feet in the morning and before going to bed. You can use a gauge or cloth to cover the soles and prevent from spreading all of your body.
5. Drink Plenty of Water and Rest
One of the easiest but effective ways to fight fever is by staying hydrated. High body temperature often leads to dehydration as the excessive heat dries out the liquids in the body. It is recommended to drink lots of water especially during battle with feel to prevent risks of dehydration.
After waking up, immediately drink a glass of lukewarm water to hydrate and clean body organs. Repeat this several times all throughout the day. You can also drink commercially made sports drinks that contain electrolytes and minerals to replace all the nutrients lost during fever. However, it is important to consume sports drinks in moderation as most of them are loaded with sugar.
Aside from proper hydration, another vital factor in dealing with fever is getting more than enough rest. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of night sleep to allow the body to recover from the symptoms of fever. In addition to recovery, proper shut eye promotes faster healing as the medicines you are taking are absorbed more efficiently.
6. Egg White
Aside from being rich with protein and antibacterial properties, egg white is also loaded with soothing effects that can lower down body temperature. Egg white acts like an absorbing gel that can penetrate through skin pores and immediately minimize body heat.
Aside from eating fried or poached eggs in the morning, you can use this natural ingredient as a heat absorbing cream. Break three large eggs and carefully separate the yolk from the egg white. Place the egg white into a deep container and beat thoroughly. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to improve anti-inflammatory powers while making the mixture more consistent. Directly apply on the forehead or soles of the feet. Leave for a few hours before rinsing off. Repeat twice a day – morning and night.
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