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Having a fever doesn’t mean you have to run to the doctor. Here are some simple ways to bring your temperature down without medicine.
Step 1: Get lots of rest
Your body is running a high temperature because of an infection, so get plenty of rest. This lets your body concentrate fully on fighting the infection.
Step 2: Drink lots of fluids
Drinking a lot of water – 10 8-ounce glasses a day at least when you’re sick – keeps your body hydrated, and will also lower your internal temperature.
Step 3: Take a lukewarm bath
Take a nice lukewarm bath. Not too hot, which could escalate the fever, and not too cold, which could shock your system. This will lower your skin temperature gradually.
Avoid cooling off the body too quickly, or you won’t rid yourself of the infection your body is fighting.
Step 4: Cool washcloths
Place cool – not cold – washcloths on the wrists, under the arm, on the forehead, and over the groin. Using cool, damp rags over these four key areas will slowly cool the body.
Step 5: Put damp socks on your feet
While you’re putting cool rags over various body parts, put a pair of cool, damp socks on your feet, with a dry pair over the top. This lets your ankles cool while still allowing you to walk around.
Step 6: Keep the home a moderate temperature
Even though a person running a fever may feel cold, do not overheat the home. Instead, keep the house at a moderate temperature of 70 to 74 degrees.
Step 7: Don’t wear heavy clothing
A person running a fever should not wear heavy clothes or wrap themselves in heavy blankets. Doing so makes it difficult for the body to shed extra heat; instead, wear light clothing.
Step 8: Monitor the fever
If these remedies don’t work and a baby less than 3 months old is running a temperature of more than 101 degrees, or a child or adult’s temperature is over 103 degrees, see a doctor.
Did You Know?
Fever is also known as Pyrexia, which comes from the Greek word meaning fire.