Pyrexia, more common known as fever, is a defined as febrile response, where one individual has a temperature that is above normal range, mostly ranging from 37.5 to 38.3 C°. It can by itself, be a symptom of many more serious medical conditions, such as infectious disease, immunological disease, metabolic disorder, as well as cancer. Many people do not know that having a fever is actually a sign, that your body is fighting and trying kill viruses and germs, by creating a hotter environment.
Taking this in consideration, if the temperature is not too high, it might even be good not to reduce it, as you will probably get healed faster, by letting it go on its own. But instead of that, most people opt for medication, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, to reduce it and ease their condition. This might not be good, especially If the use of those actual drugs is often, considering also that not everyone reacts the same to this. So, having this in mind, some people search for natural ways to reduce their temperature, but are those effective enough?
Are Medications Necessary?
So as mentioned, it would be even better, to leave the fever, go on its way, and kill germs and viruses that are attacking your immune system. More to say, drugs should not be used anyways, even at higher temperatures than 38.3 C°, unless the person has a history of chronic diseases or seizures.
With ibuprofen and paracetamol being most common it is important that side effects of often and extreme usage can lead to serious conditions such as difficulty in digestion, breathing, irregular heartbeat or even chest pain. If not necessary, we would tell you to keep away from medication and find natural ways to ease your condition.
What are the Natural Ways to Reduce Fever?
What you should be aiming is to make yourself more comfortable, while your immune system is fighting off germs and viruses. If you opt for no medication, then there are more than enough ways to treat your fever at home.
The first thing that you should do is the most logical one, and that is to cool yourself down. There are few methods do to this.
Start off with a lukewarm bath. This way you are going to relax in the bath, while the water temperature is slowly dropping. It is not actually good to take a cold ice bath, which is probably contrary to what you might initially think, but that actually does reduce temperature faster.
The other one is the cold socks method. You put your cotton socks in cold ice water, later draining from excess water, and putting it on. It is advisable to put on another pair of wool socks, for insulation. The way this works is that according to naturopathic theories, cold feet actually do increase circulation, while the immune system is sending heat to lower, part, drying the socks, and cooling off the whole body. Wet towel method works mostly the same, except you put it around your neck or ankles.
As with every condition that you might experience, you should opt for at least, temporary change in diet.
Eat less. Try to cut back on your food intake, as the process of digestion, does waste body energy, that should be used to control infection.
With eating less, you should also opt for certain foods, like fruit high in Vitamin C (berries, oranges). Also, try to avoid oily foods that are hard to digest. Try putting some spice in your tea or broth, as it increases circulation.
Eat a soup, to stay hydrated, preferably vegetable or chicken broth.
Drink more water than you regularly do, to prevent dehydration.
Opt for herbal teas, such as – ginger, basil, oregano, thyme, etc.
There is no doubt that without a problem you could feel better, or reduce your temperature, being at home and using the natural ways, but do not forget that that sometimes is not enough, so know when to consult a doctor.
When to Visit a Doctor?
The normal temperature of the human body is 37 C°, while body temperature, when you have a fever, is ranging from 37.5 to 38.3 C°. This is still normal and can be treated at home. But once, the temperature goes over 39 or 40 C°, those are instant signs, that you might want to call a doctor, and see what to do. Also if you feel drowsy, fuzzy, dehydrated or you have problems eating at all, you are better off seeing a doctor, as that might be a sign that more serious condition is about to occur.
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Having a fever is not pleasant at all, we agree on that. The feeling of fatigue and burning that you have, is for sure not something you want to experience. But as we know, our body has different and sometimes even strange ways, of dealing with issues and threats. Considering this high temperature is actually a good sign for you that your body is functioning normally and trying to fight. Opting for medications is a possible way, but unless necessary, you should not do it.
You are better off, with natural ways to feel make yourself feel more comfortable with the condition. In the end, do not take this for granted, so if you feel any other sign that might not be normal, call a doctor, talk to him and see what you should do. Even if it is nothing, it is better to prevent it now, then to cure it later.