How to Bring Down a Fever

  posted by: Dennis

 

bring down a feverMedically known as pyrexia or hyperthermia, fever, is a condition which results to the elevation of one’s body temperature. Most people think of it as an illness where in fact it is a symptom that an underlying medical condition might be present.  Therefore, it is your system’s natural response after an infection from bacteria or virus has taken place such as in the case of influenza, gastroenteritis, and up to HIV/AIDS. In infants, an increase in body temp can also occur as a result of immunizations and teething.

Symptoms of Hyperthermia

  • Hot to touch
  • Increased in temp 99.5°F (37.5°C) when measured under the arm
  • Sweating
  • Flushed complexion
  • Shivering
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • General malaise
  • Excessive crying in babies
  • Febrile seizure commonly occurs especially in children

While most fevers can be a good sign, a problem arises when the temperature in toddlers and adults reach a high level such as 42°C. High fever creates an avenue for concern thus it needs to be prompted immediately.  Having said this, let’s take a look at some of the interventions you can do on how to bring down a fever.

How to Treat a Fever

Apparently, when fever is too high and other unusual symptoms are observed, a visit to the doctor for further treatment is always the best way on how to cure it. But when the fever is mild and no other symptoms are manifested, then no medical treatment is needed. Instead you can employ some home remedies and other ways to reduce fever such as the following:

  • Rest is pretty important in trying to lower down a fever. this allows your body to recuperate and recover from the infection and other causative factors that may bring about its occurrence.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids is also suggested especially because elevation in body temp can result to dehydration. Popsicles, gelatin, and soup are additional alternatives which can be source of fluids, too. Sports drink is fine for an adult, but never for a baby or younger children.
  • Since loss of appetite is observed, try not to force one to eat or he/she may end up vomiting.
  • Take medicines and other drug treatments as per the advice of your medical professional. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen are some of the drug of choice which may be taken every 4-6 hours (acetaminophen) and 6-8 hours for ibuprofen. However, do not give the latter to kids younger than 2 years old.
  • Other interventions when lowering down a fever may also be done. For instance, never cover the patient with excess clothing or blankets since it only elevates the temp more and traps the heat inside the body. Thus, clothe the person in comfortable and light clothing.
  • Cold baths and alcohol rubs are not at all suggested because they can dehydrate the skin more causing shivering and worsening the issue. Prevent shivering by performing tepid sponge bath from lukewarm water.

There you go. These simple measures can be employed immediately at the onset of fever to the sufferer. However, when the increase in body temp doesn’t seem to lower despite such measures, it is important to seek treatment from a doctor to eliminate the problem accordingly.

 

 

 

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Date: July 13, 2011 | Category: General Health
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