How to Treat Fever at Home


Home remedies against fever help in a gentle and natural way to control elevated temperatures. These remedies can reduce fever.

What is fever?

When do I start to have a fever? In adults, a temperature of 99.5 degrees or more is considered an elevated temperature, and a fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4° or more. In older people, babies and small children, temperatures as low as 100.04°C are already a cause for concern. Fever is often one of the symptoms of infectious diseases such as the flu.

Which home remedies help against fever?

From a temperature of 102.2°, it is advisable to take measures to reduce fever. Which home remedies for fever help when the temperature is high?

1. Calf compress

If the fever rises above 102.2°, you should do calf compresses: Simply place small moist towels around the calves, dry tea towels on top, and wrap a light scarf around the outside. As soon as the compress feels warm to the body, it should be wrung out and replaced. Wrapping the calves can reduce fever on the one hand and on the other hand they simply feel pleasantly cool.

2. Vinegar stocking

Vinegar stockings are an alternative to wraps. For this, water and apple vinegar are mixed in a ratio of 5:1 and two cotton socks are dipped into the tincture. These are then put on over the calves at best. A pair of dry socks is then pulled over them. Adults may wear the vinegar socks for between 45 and 60 minutes, children up to 20. Then the calves are gently rubbed off.

3. Washing

Especially for small children the washing is beneficial. The child is rubbed with a washcloth that is dipped into lukewarm water. First the hands, then the arms, the neck, the belly, the sides, the back, the feet, the legs, and finally the bottom – at best in the direction of the hair growth, otherwise with circular movements. The washcloth should only be moistened. It is best not to dry the child extra afterwards, so that evaporation cold can develop. Instead, the child should be given dry clothes and covered warmly.

4. Drink a lot!

Especially water and sudorific tea, for example with lime-tree blossoms or other medicinal plants such as sage, are good for drinking in case of fever.

5. Jin shin jyutsu

Place the fingers of the left hand about two inches right of the spine on the edge of the pelvis and the fingers of the right hand on the right side of the pubic bone. Hold for at least three minutes, rather longer until an even pulsation is felt. Then change fingers and sides. This little exercise can also be repeated several times a day.

6. Cold baths

Warm water between 100.4° and 104° also causes sweating and lowers the fever. Three to four drops of an essential oil (for example peppermint) in the bathtub are also useful. A cold bath should last a maximum of 20 minutes so that the circulation is not strained. A lot of rest is especially useful after the bath: Wrap up warm and put into bed.

Why do we get fever at all?

Fever is actually a practical tool of the body to help the immune system fight off pathogens: A high body temperature accelerates metabolic processes and prevents viruses and bacteria from multiplying. That’s why you shouldn’t stop an elevated temperature immediately – it is first of all just a sign that the body is fighting an infection.

However, fever cannot always be traced back to an infection with viruses or bacteria – in fact, the list of possible causes is long. The following triggers also come into consideration:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Blood poisoning (sepsis)
  • Chronic inflammatory bowel inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Tumors

When should I go to the doctor with fever?
One must not forget that fever itself is not an illness but a symptom. Therefore, home remedies for fever are not always suitable for treatment – instead, the cause of the fever should be sought and treated. If one of the following cases is present, the doctor should be consulted:

  • Strong feeling of illness
  • Other symptoms such as drowsiness, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting or severe pain
  • High fever from 102.2 degrees Celsius (in infants under three months already at 100.4 degrees)
  • Fever that lasts longer than two days (in children for more than one day)
  • Fever that returns again and again
  • Cause is unclear
  • There is a pregnancy

In general, the following applies: With small children, babies and elderly people of senior age, it is better to be careful than lenient and consult a doctor early if the body temperature is elevated.

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