How to Reduce a Fever Fast and Safely


Have that familiar sensation in your body when something doesn’t feel quite right? A thermometer will usually confirm what you already suspect – you’ve come down with a fever. And you’ll consider it your sworn duty to monitor your temperature like a hawk.

Despite much campaigning, fever phobia still flourishes among the masses. The discomfort that comes with a fever doesn’t help popularize it either. Learning about a fever in detail can help you reduce a fever fast and safely without panicking.

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Causes and Symptoms of Fever

  • The average normal body temperature is considered to be 98.6° F or 37° C. A person is said to be febrile, or have a fever, when the body temperature rises above 100.4° F or 38° C.
  • A fever is a symptom of some type of illness in the body. An elevated body temperature primarily occurs as an immune response, so that the system can fight off the infection.
  • Infections and infectious conditions like a common cold, the flu, malaria, mono or HIV are the most common illnesses that cause a fever.
  • Drug-induced fevers are caused by adverse reactions to or withdrawal from certain drugs like antibiotics, narcotics and antihistamines.
  • A heart attack, a hemorrhage and any kind of surgery or trauma may also cause a fever.
  • Symptoms that often accompany a fever are lethargy, depression, low appetite, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and increased pain sensitivity. The symptoms that you have help your doctor determine the illness that may be causing the fever.

Treatment of Fever

Consult your doctor or pediatrician if:

  • Your body temperature soars above 103° F, especially if it’s accompanied with symptoms like a headache, stiff neck, earache, rashes, dehydration, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Your child under 18 months of age has a temperature that reaches 100.4° F.
  • If you or your child has a persistent high fever or the fever lasts a week or more.

Several home remedies can help those who have a fever that doesn’t require medical care.

While Tylenol and ibuprofen are commonly used to reduce fevers, they have also been associated with many medical complications like Reye’s syndrome as well as liver and kidney failure.

Your goal should not be to break the fever, especially if it’s new as it is part of your body’s way of combatting infection and coping with trauma. If you’re suffering from a high fever, your efforts should aim to bring the fever down to a more comfortable level.

Keep your body well-rested and hydrated. Proper hydration will help normalize the body temperature. Increase fluid intake with water, juice and fruits to stay hydrated and help your body flush out the infection.

At the same time, rest to let your immune system work to restore your health. The fever needs to run its course in order to treat the infection.

But there are many remedies, new and old, that can help keep your fever in a safe zone without any side effects.

Here are some natural remedies that can help you reduce a fever fast and easily.

Method 1: Use Egg Whites

Primarily an old wives remedy, egg whites have been successfully used to reduce a fever for a long time. While there is no scientific proof, overwhelming anecdotal evidence supports the credibility of this remedy. One working explanation is that egg whites absorb the body heat through the sweat glands present on the soles of the feet.

Things you’ll need:

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  • Eggs (absorb the body heat) – 2
  • Brush

Step 1. Whisk egg whites from 2 eggs

whisk egg whites to reduce fever

Step 2. Apply egg whites to the soles of your feet

apply egg white to soles of feet to reduce a fever

  • Apply the whisked egg whites to the soles of your feet with a brush. You may then wear socks to cover your feet.
  • When the whites become dry or warm, reapply the egg white coating on the soles.

Continue this until the fever comes down to a more comfortable level.

Method 2: Use White Vinegar

That bottle of white vinegar in your kitchen can come to your rescue if you’re dealing with a high fever late at night. This is another home remedy that has proven effective to reduce a high fever to a comfortable level.

Things you’ll need:

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  • White vinegar (helps reduce fever) – 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • A pair of long, wool socks

Step 1. Combine vinegar and water

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  • Pour 1 cup of water into a bowl.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to it and mix thoroughly.

Step 2. Saturate the socks in the solution

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  • Immerse the socks in the vinegar solution, soaking them completely.
  • Wring out the excess dripping liquid.

Step 3. Draw out the fever with the vinegar-soaked socks

white vinegar to reduce fever

  • Pull the vinegar-soaked socks onto your feet and up to your calves to draw out a high fever.
  • Replace the socks after 45 minutes if the fever doesn’t come down.

Repeat the treatment as needed until you bring down your fever.

Method 3: Use an Onion

Onions may be stinky, but they seem to be a winner when it comes to cure a fever. A cut or peeled onion is said to absorb bacteria and viruses from the atmosphere. When fresh-cut pieces of an onion are secured on the bottom of the feet with a sock, it may produce the same results for the body.

Ayurvedic medicine uses onion poultices on the chest to cure fevers and flus. This remedy can be considered a modern take on the traditional onion remedy.

Single-Step Treatment: Put onion on the soles of your feet

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  • Cut an onion in half and place one half on the soles of each of your feet. The cut side of the onion should be touching the skin.
  • Wear socks to hold the onion in place.
  • Keep the onion in place for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

Repeat the remedy until you bring down your fever to a safe level.

Method 4: Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a popular Austrian home remedy for a fever. It is similar to white vinegar in application and may take up to 1 hour to work, which is just as well because body should not be subjected to sudden changes.

Apple cider vinegar lowers the body temperature by increasing blood flow and boosting the immune system.

Things you’ll need:

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  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV) (lowers the body temperature ) – ½ cup
  • A pair of long, wool socks

Step 1. Combine apple cider vinegar and water

mix acv and water to reduce a fever

  • Pour 1 cup of water into a bowl.
  • Pour in ½ cup of apple cider vinegar .
  • Mix the liquids thoroughly.

Step 2. Saturate the socks in the solution

saturate socks in acv solution to reduce fever

  • Dunk the socks into the apple cider vinegar solution.
  • Take them out and squeeze them to remove dripping moisture.

Step 3. Use the apple cider vinegar-soaked socks to treat fever

acv to reduce fever

  • Put on the apple cider vinegar-soaked socks, covering your feet up to the calves to lower a high body temperature.

Repeat as often as required until the fever has reduced.

Method 5: Use Potatoes

Similar to some of the other remedies above, raw potato slices can be applied to the bottom of the feet to reduce a fever. If you don’t have vinegar or onions at hand or if you simply doesn’t wish to put on wet socks, you can fall back on this remedy.

Things you’ll need:

potato slices to reduce fever

  • Raw potato slices (helps bring down fever)
  • White vinegar

Step 1. Soak potato slices in vinegar

soak potato slices in vinegar to reduce fever

  • Pour white vinegar into a bowl. The vinegar should be enough to soak potato slices.
  • Put a couple of raw potato slices into the vinegar and let them soak for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 2. Apply vinegar-soaked potatoes to your forehead

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  • Place the vinegary potato slices on your forehead for about 15 minutes to bring down a high fever.
  • You can cover the potato slices on your forehead with a clean cloth for better results.

Repeat as needed until you recover completely.

Method 6: Use a Cold Compress

This is perhaps one of the most common ways to bring down a soaring fever. A cold water compress, when placed on hot skin burning with fever, can help cool down the skin and regulate the body temperature.

Step 1. Soak the cloth in cold water

soak the cloth in cold water to reduce fever

  • Pour cold water into a bowl.
  • Simply soak a clean cloth in the cold water for 1 to 2 minutes and wring out the excess water.

Step 2. Apply the cold compress to your forehead

apply cold compress on forehead to reduce fever

  • Place the cold compress on your forehead.
  • When the compress warms up, soak the cloth in cold water again.

Repeat the process for about 15 minutes to bring the fever down a couple notches.

Method 7: Use Peppermint Oil

Essential oils, especially peppermint oil, can also be used to reduce a fever. The cooling effect provided by the menthol present in peppermint oil can help lower the fever. Another essential oil recommended for this purpose is lavender oil.

Essential oils also help calm the body and reduce the stress levels, so that the immune system can fight off the infection. While adults can apply the essential oil straight with a cotton ball, dilute it with a carrier oil to use for kids and infants.

Things you’ll need:

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  • Peppermint essential oil (fights the infection) – 5 or 6 drops
  • Olive oil – 2 teaspoons

Step 1. Combine peppermint and olive oil

combine peppermint and olive oil

  • Mix 5 or 6 drops of peppermint essential oil into 2 teaspoons of olive oil.

Step 2. Apply the oil blend on your feet and back of the neck

apply the oil on feet and neck

  • Apply the oil blend on the bottoms of your feet as well as the back of your neck.
  • You can cover your feet by putting on socks.

Repeat as needed to bring down your fever.

Tips

  • If your fever is accompanied by chills and shivering, don’t use a wet socks remedy.
  • Cloths soaked in white vinegar or apple cider vinegar can also be placed over your wrists, forehead or stomach to bring down the fever.
  • It is advised to lie down comfortably in bed while you apply apple cider vinegar or white vinegar wraps.
  • Cold water compresses can also be applied at the base of the neck to draw out a high fever.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fever/basics/symptoms/con-20019229

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