Home Remedies for Fever

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A high fever can be an emergency if the suffering individual does not take any action to bring it down. Many people believe that a high fever should be sweat out of the body by covering oneself in heavy blankets and warm clothing. This is not always the best solution. By trying to sweat out the fever, the individual might have a loss in illness fighting minerals and vitamins.

They might also begin to feel suffocated, faint, or overly fatigued.

Fever is known to be a substantial increase in the body’s temperature. A fever is not all negative as it occurs when the body is fighting off harmful bacteria. The body begins to feel hot as the immune system tries to defend itself from viruses. Fever’s are the body’s defense mechanism and it is known to be any temperature over 100 degrees. (Fahrenheit) The normal body temperature should be around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature of the body and fever rises above 102 degrees Fahrenheit then the individual should be monitored and possibly taken to the emergency room. Children are always fighting infections and there should be concern if their temperature rises above 103 degrees Fahrenheit. People tend to think a light temperature is bad for the body, when in fact it is actually a sign of health and bacteria destruction.

When a fever reaches over the temperature of 104 degrees it can put a person at risk for major cardiac complications. A high fever of over 104 can speed up the heart rate and make it work to exhaustion. This can lead to an irregular heart beat, pain in the chest and ultimately a heart attack. If a fever hits 106 degrees and above it can be a threat to the brain and can cause sever damage and dehydration.

There are home remedies and tips for a high fever such as:

•    Make sure the individual rests as much as possible.
•    Replace massive fluid loss by drinking large amounts of water.
•    Drink water to bring the temperature of the fever down.
•    Try to keep in a room with the same temperature. Going from hot to cold temperatures can make the fever worse and the individual’s immune system will suffer more.
•    Bare with the fever until is dies down. If it is over 102 degrees Fahrenheit then the individual should seek medical help.
•    Eat soft foods so it is easy to swallow and Vitamin C rich juices.
•    Do not give a child aspirin when they have a high fever. Try to give them cool baths to bring their temperature down.
•    Avoid taking zinc or iron minerals or vitamins. Zinc will not be beneficial as it does not absorb into the blood stream. Iron will only cause more problems.
•    Try a cool bath and stay in it for 5 to 10 minutes if tolerable. This will help the temperature to gradually decrease.
When a fever is out of control and the individual is suffering to the point of fainting, vomiting, and sweating profusely, they should be taken to the emergency room immediately to be seen by a medical practitioner.
 

Article Last Modified Monday, February 1, 2010
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