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Home Remedies for a Fever

A fever is the body’s way of fighting off a bacterial,  viral, or other nasty infection and can occur without any other symptoms. It’s an attempt by the body to kill off foreign invaders by raising your internal temperature until they die, much like we do when we cook food. It’s a natural defense mechanism that occurs when the hypothalamus senses invaders. The sweating that occurs is the natural attempt to counter that – trying to keep the body cool enough that it doesn’t overheat too badly.

While it used to be a standard practice to encourage lowering of a fever immediately, now you are encouraged to ride out a fever unless it reaches temperatures over 102˚F. Between 102˚F and 104˚F you may want to consider seeking medical attention. Seek medical attention immediately if it reaches 104˚F. Otherwise, work on getting rest and keeping yourself hydrated. Your body will fight off the infection best if you stay home and rest while drinking lots and lots of fluids. Consider popsicles if you just can’t stand how hot you are or a lukewarm bath if you feel the need to cool down.

When to seek medical attention for a Fever?

  • Seek medical attention if:
  • A child under three months has a fever of 100.4˚F or higher.
  • If you or a child have a compromised immune system.
  • If an older child has a fever with no other symptoms such as runny nose or cough for more than two days.
  • If you or a child have a fever that last for more than five days.

What are Fever symptoms?

  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Muscle ache
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Headache

How do I cure a Fever?

  • Drink lots of fluids. Consider soothing teas like chamomile or peppermint.
  • Cod liver oil helps to decrease how long you’re sick and it gives your immune system a helpful boost.
  • Take probiotics. They give the natural bacteria in your body a helpful boost which helps fight off current illnesses and avoid secondary ones.
  • Elderberry syrup will help to boost your immune system.
  • Bone broths with collagen help to nourish without overworking the body.
  • Coconut oil can be used to help provide natural antibacterials and antivirals.
  • Soak in a lukewarm bath with half a cup of vinegar added to it.
  • Drink tulsi tea or peppermint tea. They help to encourage your body to sweat out a fever.
  • Draw out the infection causing the fever by placing raw onion, potato slices soaked in vinegar, lemon slices, crushed garlic paste, or socks soaked in egg white on your feet and leaving them for a few hours. Your fever should begin to disappear quickly.
  • Eat cool foods like popsicles.
  • Don’t try to cool yourself down unless your fever is over 104˚F. Let your body sweat the fever out.
  • Take off your clothes and lay on top of your blankets just let your body breathe while it works.
  • Avoid heavy foods. Taxing your body by making your digestive system work is always a bad idea.
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