Home Remedies for Fever
What is Fever?
Fever is manifested with high body temperature to protect the body against infections and diseases. Mild or moderate fever is often helpful as it helps our immune system increase white blood cells, produce antibodies and infection-fighting agents to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses in the body.
Anyone from children, elderly people, teenagers, and middle age adults can get a common fever.
A thermometer which records rectal temperature of 100.5°F or above should always be considered a fever. A rectal temperature up to 100.4°F (38°C) may be entirely normal. Lower temperatures might also be a fever, depending on the person. Normal body temperatures vary. In children, temperatures can vary by 1-2 degrees up to 2 years of age. Temperatures in children particularly can be raised by physical activity, emotional upheavals, heavy clothing, medications, high room temperature, and high humidity. Adults are less likely to have temperature variations, except women during their menses when temperature variations occur by 1 or more degrees.
Fever classification in degrees Celcium and degrees Farenheit
|low grade or mild||38–39||100.4–102.2|
In an adult fever with temperature above 104 degrees farenheit (i.e. high grade fever) is undesirable for cardiac patients. It increases heart beats and makes the heart work harder, can cause arrythmias (irregular heartbeats), chest pain and even heart attack. Brain fever occurs with fever over 106 degrees Farenheit and can result in dehydration, seizures and brain damage.
Causes of Fever
Causes of fever vary from infections, allergic reactions, hormonal disorders, hypothalamus damage and certain illnesses.
Fevers are commonly related to common cold, flu and viruses. Some diseases that can cause fever are pneumonia, urinary tract infection, viral hepatitis, cancer, whooping cough, malaria, lyme disease. Some fevers are side effect of some medication (an allergic reaction), particularly those taken for high blood pressure and seizures. Damage to the hypothalamus (located at the base of the brain) which regulates body temperature can cause fever. Excessive exercise in hot weather and hormonal disorders like hypothyroidism, chromocytoma and other hormonal disorders can also cause fever. Fever in teething toddlers is common and usually subsides by itself.
Symptoms of Fever
Common fever symptoms are headache, general weakness, muscle pain, burning of the eyes, perspiration (sweating), loss of appetite, dehydration, shivering. High grade fever can result in irritability, confusion and even hallucinations. Other symptoms of fever may vary depending on the cause for fever.
Fever Natural Remedies
Home Remedies for Fever
- Diet for Fever: Chicken soup for fever is the most popular American fever remedy. Drink plenty of water, soups, juices and such fluids to compensate fluid losses that occur with fever and help bring down body temperatures. Consume a soft diet. Avoid raw foods until fever subsides since they can be a source of infection.
- Rest: Good rest and sleep is essential for an early recovery from fever. Avoid sudden changes in atmospheric pressure and temperature.
- Remedy for Mild Fever: Lie down and tuck in a well covered blanket. Crush 10-15 raisins soaked in water, strain and drink the water. Ginger tea is also very soothing especially if you have cold or congestion.
- Bathe in cool water. This helps in bringing down the body temperature. Avoid spending long hours in the water.
- Remedy for High Fever: Ice water sponging on the forehead is a very effective natural remedy for high fever. Dip a thin towel in some iced water and place it on a hot fevered forehead. This helps to bring down the high temperature. Repeat by dipping the towel in iced water again and place on forehead. Follow this procedure for at least 10 minutes or till fever subsides.
Try these natural cures for fever as far as possible, rather than giving aspirin or antibiotics. Consult a physician if fever does not subside. It is worthwhile to note that while fever is usually because of infection or diseases, hay fever occurs due to allergies.