Don’t Stress if You Have Common Fever
Practically everyone in the world has had a bout with common fever at least once in their lives. Although it may not be a nice experience, there is no reason to get immediately stressed. There are many things which you can do in order to get rid of that fever on your own. Here is what you may need to know.
Causes of Common Fever
Fever usually arises in a person as part of an immune system response. An infection or other underlying condition may be the cause of the fever. The rise in the temperature of the body can help the immune system to fight off any infections and harmful bacteria by making the body inhospitable. If there are no other symptoms and no infected wounds or other body parts, fever should abate in some time.
Fever in adults is usually a system response to inflammation. However, if the patient is undergoing chemotherapy, has HIV/AIDS or takes drugs for chronic inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc), it may be necessary to take them to a doctor immediately. When people are immunocompromised (immune system is not as effective or strong), fever may be a symptom of something more dangerous.
Fever can also be caused by overexposure to heat or hot weather as well as over exertion.
Symptoms of Common Fever
Naturally, one of the symptoms of common fever is raised temperature. Although the commonly accepted body temperature is 37 C or 98.6 F oral temperature (37.2 C / 99 F rectal temperature) a person is not normally considered to have fever unless their temperature is at or above 38C (100.4 F).
Remedies for Common Fever
In most cases, the treatment of common fever is done to increase the comfort of the patient. As such, doing some things which can lower body temperature is a good idea. Applying a wet rag or cold compress to the forehead is one such thing. Air conditioning or a cooler temperature may also help, along with periodical sponge baths. It is also important to give the person (cooled) water in order to keep them hydrated. Note that cooling a person’s skin may make them uncomfortable in some cases. If this happens, stop this form of therapy.
OTC (over the counter) medications may be enough to help reduce the fever. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are two common medications that are known to be effective. Aspirin is not advisable in most cases, especially to children.
If the fever is caused by an underlying condition, treat this condition and the fever should abate. If it is caused by overexertion or over exposure to heat, OTC drugs will not help. Cool the person immediately (fan/air conditioning, cool rag or compress, removal of some clothes) and seek medical assistance.
More home remedies:
- Boil about 12 grams of basil leaves in ½ liter of water, drink twice daily with about a half cup of milk, 1 teaspoon of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cardamom
- Make a tea from fenugreek seeds and drink twice daily
- Make a tea from saffron by putting a half teaspoon of saffron in 30 milliliters of boiling water and take 1 teaspoon every hour until the temperature comes down
- Prepare an extract from raisins by soaking 25 or so in a half cup water, crush them in the water, strain out the skins and mix with a bit of lime juice. Take twice daily
- Rich in vitamins and minerals is fresh apricot juice. Mix a cup with a teaspoon of honey. Good for quenching the thirst
- Drink half a glass of grapefruit juice with same amount of water
- Orange juice is the perfect liquid for fevers providing energy helps the body resist infections and speed up recovery
- Make bloodwort tea by steeping 15 grams in 250 milliliters of water and take twice daily
- Bloodwort is one of the best known herbal remedies for fevers. Take twice a day to encourage perspiration, cool down the fever and drive out toxins
- Steep 15 grams of hog weed with 250 milliliters of water and take twice daily. Also helps bring on perspiration
If Home Remedies Don’t Work…
It is important to observe temperature and treat any conditions which may have caused the fever while doing what is possible to cool the body. If the condition doesn’t abate after some time, a visit with the doctor may be necessary. In some cases where the common fever causes extremely high temperatures in the body, go to the ER immediately!