Did someone turn up the heat in here? As your body fights sickness, infection or other conditions, a fever serves as an alert that something isn’t quite right with your health. When your body temperature reaches 103 F or higher, it’s time for concern. To beat the chills and hot forehead of the typical rise in body temperature, consider home remedies for fever.
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Causes and Symptoms
A normal range for body temperature is between 97 F and 99 F. The majority of fevers cause an individual to sweat, shiver, and lose their appetite. Depending on the underlying cause, other symptoms may include headaches, muscle aches, dehydration, and fatigue. In some cases, the cause of a fever remains unknown, while many instances stem from viral or bacterial infections. A host of other conditions and factors can lead to abnormal body temperatures, including :
• Strenuous exercise
• Menstrual cycle
• Heat exhaustion and extreme sunburn
• Inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis)
• Malignant tumors and some forms of kidney cancer
• Certain medications (antibiotics and blood pressure drugs)
• Some immunizations (diphtheria, tetanus or pneumococcal vaccines)
Fever Home Remedies
Common symptoms of fevers that reach temperatures between 103 F and 106 F include confusion, irritability, convulsions, and hallucinations – in which case it is important to seek medical attention. For the typical fever, the following home remedies for fever will provide relief:
a) Cream of Tartar:
Reach into your kitchen cabinet and pull out the cream of tartar (if you have any) to create a fever tea comprised of 1 ½ teaspoons of cream of tartar, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon honey, and 2 ½ cups of warm water. It is suggested to drink four to six ounces at a time.
Fresh pineapple uses anti-inflammatory agents to fight fever, while the juice helps prevent dehydration.
c) Take Your Clothes Off:
Allow your sweat glands a chance to release moisture during a fever, which can make you feel more comfortable. Take off layers of clothing to give your body the kind of exposure it needs.
Boil 3/4 cup of chopped raisins added to 7 ½ cups of water, and then bring to a simmer until the liquid has been reduced by one-third of the original amount. Throughout the day, drink a little bit of the concoction to keep yourself hydrated.
e) Cold Washcloth:
Dip a washcloth into a bowl of cool (not freezing cold) water and apply to your forehead and rest of the body to bring down body temperature. Continue for half an hour.
For a tasty home remedy for fever, replace lost fluids with Popsicles or frozen fruit juice bars – a perfect remedy for small children.
g) Cold Water:
Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water, which not only replaces lost fluids, but also helps cools off the body.
Hydrate the body and tackle other symptoms by drinking an apple-water concoction. First, you need to peel, skin, core, and slice three apples (preferably a sweet variety). Place the apple slices in a pan filled with 3 ¾ cups of water. Boil the contents of the pan, and the simmer until the apples start to feel mushy. Remove the pan and strain the contents, making sure not to press the apple puree into the liquid. Add two tablespoons of honey to the drink before consuming.
i) Cold-Water Soak:
Place a feverish child in a tub (or sink) full of cool water to lower body temperature.
j) Fruit Juice:
Sweating during a fever leads to the loss of fluids. Drink fruit juices and lemonade to keep the body hydrated.
Boil a pint of water and then pour over one head of lettuce. Steep (covered) for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten the liquid (to your liking) and drink. This home remedy will keep you hydrated and in some people, has promoted a restful night of sleep.
Add one teaspoon of basil and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper to one cup of hot water to make a tea to treat feverish conditions. Sweeten the tea with one teaspoon of honey and drink two to three times a day.
Add one teaspoon each of oregano and marjoram to a pint of boiling water to create a fever-reducing tea. Steep the ingredients for 30 minutes, strain, and then drink warm a couple of times per day.