One is said to have a high fever when their temperature exceeds its average normal range. The most important thing to notice is that what is normal will differ slightly from one person to another, but on average, is set to 37 degrees Celsius (equivalent to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). A feverish person will often experience a number of symptoms alongside increased bodily temperatures.
These symptoms will differ depending on the causative agent of the fever, and include extreme sweating, shivering, loss of appetite, body pains and headaches. For many people, a high fever is almost always accompanied by general body weakness.
In extreme cases where temperatures reach 41.1 degrees Celsius, the fever may lead to convulsions, confusion and hallucinations. Owing to these potential complications, it helps to know when to see a doctor. A fever in itself, is no cause for concern, yet there are instances when it is extremely important to get immediate medical attention. For the latter, watch out if the affected child becomes very irritable, vomits frequently or has a fever that persists for more than 3 days even with the use of natural remedies.
In adults, it is important to see a doctor if any of the aforementioned symptoms are extremely heightened, making one’s daily routine an impossibility. In mild cases of fever, such as when your body is fighting a flu, there are a number of natural remedies that you can use to ease the condition. Simply find one that works best for you and stick to it for quick relief from the discomfort of high fever.
1. Tepid Water:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Clean washcloth and tepid water.
One of the simplest ways to deal with a high fever is to cool your body down with tepid water using clean washcloths that act as cool compresses. When the washcloth comes into contact with the body, it works to get the temperature range under control. Note that this remedy does not use cold water. In fact, cold water is advised against for the simple reason that it triggers an increase in the internal body temperature in an attempt to maintain a balance. Use this remedy following the directions listed below.
- Soak the clean washcloths in a basin containing the tepid water.
- Squeeze the wet washcloth to get rid of the excess water.
- Place the cool washcloth on trigger areas such as on your forehead, at the nape of your neck, under your armpits and even on your hands. Other areas in which you can sponge the washcloth include the soles of your feet and the groin area.
- All the while, you need to change the washcloths after every 5 minutes to keep the temperature in check.
- Use this remedy at least once every 2 hours and make sure you rest as much as possible.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of vinegar and warm bath water. You may also use clean washcloths, 1 cup of Apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most profound home remedies for the treatment of different conditions. Abbreviated ACV, this inexpensive home remedy works by dissipating the heat from the body, thanks to the presence of the acid in it. Additionally, the ACV is also packed with minerals that aid the body in restocking the mineral levels lost as a result of the high fever. You may choose to soak in a warm bath to which ACV has been added, or you may opt to use cool compresses containing dilute ACV as indicated in the steps below.
A warm Bath Soak:
- Place the ACV in the tub and add the warm water.
- Slip into the bath and enjoy a 20-minute soak. You should start to feel a difference in terms of body temperature when you step out of the tub.
- Use this remedy whenever you get a high fever.
Using a Cool Compress:
- Mix 1 cup of ACV with 2 cups of warm water. You may vary the amounts of the two, but the ratio of ACV: water should be 1:2. This dilution is an important aspect of the remedy as it prevents the resulting skin irritation that occurs when ACV is used on its own.
- Soak the washcloths in the resulting mixture for 2 minutes.
- Give the wet washcloths a good squeeze to get rid of the excessive solution.
- Place the damp washcloth on the different trigger points: the forehead, the hands and armpits.
- When the washcloths becomes warm, simply replace it with a freshly soaked washcloth.
- Repeat this procedure until you get relief from the high fever.
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 4 Teaspoons of ginger powder, warm water in a tab and clean towel. Alternatively, prepare ginger tea using fresh ginger root, 1 cup of boiling water and 2 teaspoons of honey .
Ginger is one of the most reliable home remedies used in the natural treatment of high fever. The herb works by assisting the body dissipate the heat, thus lower the temperature and treat the fever. Additional benefits of using ginger include its healing properties in cases where the fever results from viral and/or bacterial infections. In effect, this boosts the body’s capacity to fight off infections, making ginger an effective remedy altogether. For both options, you need to carry out a patch test to ascertain that your skin does not react with the active compounds present in the ginger.
Using the warm Body Soak:
- Place the 4 teaspoons of ginger powder in he tub and run the warm water.
- Mix the powder in the water well to remove any lump-like formations.
- Soak in this mixture for 10 minutes and proceed to dry yourself using the towel.
- Cover yourself under the duvet to allow for sweating that helps reduce the extent of the fever.
Prepare Ginger Tea:
- Peel and clean the fresh ginger root before grating.
- Add the grated ginger to the cup of boiling water.
- Let the tea steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the mixture and stir in the honey.
- Enjoy this tea at least three times daily for bets results.
4. Fresh Mint:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Fresh mint leaves, 1 glass of hot water, a strainer and honey (optional).
Fresh mint leaves are best known for their cooling properties, and it is this property that the remedy offers when used for the treatment of a high fever. When ingested, the mint helps regulate the body’s internal temperature. This helps lower the temperature while eliminating excess heat from the body. All you need to do to get mint’s healing properties is to prepare a cup of fresh mint tea. Honey works as an excellent addition to this remedy, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. These come in handy because they help fight off the potential fever-inducing infections.
- Crush the fresh mint leaves to allow the release of the active compounds that provide relief from the fever.
- Add the crushed leaves to the cup containing the hot water and let the leaves steep for 10 minutes.
- Pass the mixture through the strainer to remove and discard the used leaves.
- Add the honey and stir to mix well.
- Enjoy this cup of fresh mint tea at least three times everyday until the fever subsides.
5. Turmeric Powder:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1 glass of hot milk.
Turmeric provides a reliable method of treating high fever naturally. The herb, best known for its culinary use, is rich in its chief active compound. This chemical is known as curcumin, and whose healing properties include anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. When curcumin is in circulation, it helps the body’s immune system destroy any infections present, so that overall, you are able to reduce the body temperatures and eliminate the fever. Simply prepare this tea using the steps listed below for quick relief.
- Mix the black pepper with the turmeric in a dry cup to ensure even distribution and avoid the formation of lumps.
- Add the hot milk and stir well.
- Drink the turmeric milk at least thrice daily to get much-needed relief from fever and its accompanying symptoms.
6. Wet-Sock Therapy:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Warm water in a foot basin, cool water and 2 pairs of cotton socks.
The wet-sock remedy has been passed generations and is a popular remedy in the natural treatment of fever. The idea is to soak the socks and wear them in order to allow the flow of blood to the feet. This not only improves the circulation of blood, it also works to bring down the body temperature, which then provides relief from the fever.
Note that this remedy does not involve the use of cold water, and instead indicates soaking the socks in cool water. Cold water is discouraged as it causes a sudden drop in the temperatures, something that the doctors advise against. This is because the rapid change causes blood to flow to the internal organs to protect you from the extreme temperatures on the outside. The result is that the body warms up more instead of cooling down.
- Soak your feet in the basin containing warm water for a couple of minutes.
- As you do this, soak one pair of socks in a separate basin to which cool water has been added.
- Squeeze the wet socks and wear them just before bedtime.
- Wear the second dry pair on top of the wet pair.
- Do this at least twice daily to manage fever with ease.
7. Cayenne Pepper:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Cayenne powder and your preferred meal.
Cayenne pepper is best known for its fiery taste in the culinary field, but did you know you can use this very property to bring down the fever? Cayenne pepper is rich in a chemical compound known as capsaicin. When ingested, it causes one to sweat. This is the intended result because the sweating promotes the body’s ability to cool down. In addition to this, the cayenne pepper also enhances proper blood circulation.
- Simply sprinkle the cayenne powder on your food during meal times and help your body lower the increased temperatures.
8. Stay Hydrated:
Time Required: Varied throughout the day.
What You Need: Adequate amounts of drinking water. Lemon wedges and cucumber slices (optional).
One of the most common symptoms of high fever is dehydration. If you are sweating more, say after using cayenne pepper as a home remedy, you need to replenish your body fluid levels as well as the minerals lost. The best way to do this is to stagger your water intake throughout the day. You may add lemon wedges and cucumber slices for a burst of energy as well as to enhance the taste of water. Avoid taking large amounts of water in one sitting. In this regard, it helps to keep a bottle nearby: this way you can sip on the water continuously.
- Spread your water intake throughout the day.
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: A handful of cold raisins, 1/2 cup of cold water, a strainer, 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice and honey (optional).
Raisins assist the body ward off infections, an action whose effects go a long way in lowering the fever. These delicious fruits are also packed with nutrients whose antibacterial properties help keep infections in check. This natural body tonic will go a long way in helping you manage your fever. Follow the directions below to prepare the remedy.
- Soak the raisins in the cold water for 45 minutes or until the fruits have softened.
- Press the raisins in the water to release their content.
- Pass the mixture through the strainer and discard the fleshy remains.
- Add the fresh lime juice and honey to the mixture and stir.
- Take this mixture two times daily or until the fever clears.
Additional tips for you to manage fever include taking adequate rest to help the body recover, avoiding cold foods as well as taking a balanced diet with lots of green vegetables.