The Highs and Lows of Fever

Fever (medically termed hyperthermia) is when your body temperature rises above the normal level of 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Fever is a normal reaction to an invasion of a foreign body, be it viral or bacterial in nature, such as what happens when you have pneumonia, UTI, viral hepatitis, cough, or lyme disease.

Fever, while it makes you feel weak and very uncomfortable, can actually be good for you. The higher-than-normal body temperature creates a harsh environment for harmful microbes to do damage to the body. However, controlling your body temperature is still important, so that it does not go beyond 102 degrees, whereby the increasing temperature may already cause serious consequences, just like increased heart rate and dehydration, or mean a more severe medical problem requiring expert care.

Home Remedies for Fever
Taking paracetamol tablets helps to bring the temperature down quickly, but you may want to try using home remedies first, such as:

• Tepid Sponge Baths or TSB. Tepid Sponge Baths are very effective in relieving fever and pain, and they are very easy to do. All you need are a basin of water that's neither hot nor cold and several towels. Immerse the towels in water, squeeze them one by one so they do not drip, and then apply the towels on the forehead, under the axilla, and on the groin. It used to be the practice of some people to add a few drops of alcohol into the bath water, but that is not anymore recommended today because alcohol tends to make the skin dry.

• Hydration. Dehydration can both be a sign and a consequence of fever. Drinking more than the recommended amount of water gets you on frequent trips to the bathroom, but it helps to bring the fever down and makes you recover faster.

• Vinegar massage. Apple Cider Vinegar, especially, is a good remedy for fever. It can be mixed with water and then used in sponge baths in lieu of plain water. Soaking your socks in vinegar and then putting them on also brings the temperature down.

More Tips
Rest is very important when you have fever. Get yourself as comfortable as possible. Avoid eating foods that are heavy on the stomach. When you have fever, your bodily systems are not at the peak of their health so avoid causing more stress to your digestive system by consuming foods that are difficult to digest. Going on a fruit diet sounds sensible, though. Fruits are very nutritious and they are easy to digest.

 


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