You’re having a nice day going about your usual activities. Suddenly, you feel weird. You touch your head and it feels warm. Oops! You’re having a fever! You don’t have to become too alarmed. This is a sign that your immune system is active.
For adults, a 1–5 increase in body temperature is usually not a cause for alarm. However, a slight change in the temperature of an infant, especially one below three months, should be taken seriously. A normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius).
Sometimes, the body develops a fever while working to fight infections and diseases. The increase in temperature will kick off certain internal processes necessary to destroy germs and pathogens. Therefore, it is not advisable to suppress a fever.
You should not rush to take medications when you have a fever because the medicines will force the body to cool down to a normal temperature, thereby disrupting the work of the immune system. Instead, try using one of these home remedies.
- Ginger. Ginger has antibacterial properties which fight against fever, cough, and other symptoms. Take a ginger tea when you have a low fever.
- Lots of Fluids. If you’re feeling feverish, make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids like fruit juice. Fluids help to regulate the body’s temperature and flush out germs.
- Rest. It is best to sleep when you are having a fever. Sleeping will give the body the much-needed strength to fight the infections or germs which triggered the fever.
- Wipe the skin with a soft towel dipped in tepid water. Avoid taking cold baths or showers.
See a doctor immediately if you have unusual symptoms like severe headache, high temperature(over 40°C), neck stiffness, rashes, vomiting, or hallucinations. Also, see the doctor if the fever persists after three days despite home treatment.