Fever is described as an increase in the normal temperature of the body. It may be a symptom of an illness. Some of the signs of fever include shivering, feeling cold and an increase in the heart rate. Having a fever will make you uncomfortable, and that is why you should know how to bring down a fever without always having to rely on medication.
Here are some of the things that you can do to bring down a fever:
- Cold compress. Get a clean washcloth and submerge it in cold water. You will also need an icepack. Wrap the washcloth around the icepack and put the cold compress at the back of your neck, on your forehead, at the back of your knees and your stomach. This will help your fever go down a few degrees. Keep doing this until your fever goes down or until you feel a bit better.
- Hand towel with alcohol. Get a hand towel and a small basin with water. Put some rubbing alcohol in the water and submerge the hand towel. Wring the towel and wipe your whole body with the towel that was submerged in the alcohol and water solution. This is said to bring down the fever.
- Take a bath. This is another helpful trick that you can use to reduce your temperature. Prepare a cold bath. The water should be just cool and not ice cold as using ice cold water can shock the body. When the cool water is ready it is time to submerge your body in the cool bath. Stay there for at least twenty minutes. This will lower the temperature of our body. After twenty minutes, make sure to dry your body and put on some clothes. Doing this can make your feel better.
- Drink fluids. Having a fever can cause the body to be dehydrated. It is important that you keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids when you have fever. Refrain from drinking fluids that are high in sugar content. It is better to stick with drinking water or some sports drinks. Sports drinks will help in replacing the electrolytes in your body.
- Medication. If the previous solutions to bring down a fever do not help, it is recommended to take medicines to reduce your temperature. Take ibuprofen at four hour intervals until your fever is gone. Taking medication can help you feel better and rest while waiting for the medicine to kick in.
These are some of the things that you can do in order for you to bring down a fever. It is important to listen to what your body is telling you. If your fever does not go down in three days or if it is fluctuating, it is recommended that you go and visit your physician as there may be another reason for the fever. Some infections and illnesses have fever as one of the symptoms so you should take note of other things that you are feeling.