FeverFever is a condition when the body's temperature rises as a response to some disease, infection or illness. Fever is a defense mechanism which indicates that your immune system if fighting against viruses or bacteria. The normal body temperature is between 97 and 99 F. Slightly increased temperature does not require special treatment, but if it reaches 102 or above, you should consider seeking medical help. Besides elevated temperature, fever may be followed by shivering, sweating, headache, mild pain in the muscles, general feeling of weakness and dehydration. The most severe cases of fever may also include hallucinations, nausea, convulsions, and sensitivity to light and pain in the abdomen.
CausesThere are many causes of fever. Any type of infection, disorder or disease can cause fever. Fever may be a side effect of certain medications. Body temperature can also elevate after exposure to stress or it can be a consequence of intoxication. Children may have fever during teething or after receiving immunization vaccines.
Home TreatmentIt is very important to rest while you have fever. You should sleep at least 8 hours a day and you should not go to work or perform strenuous activities. Plenty of rest will help your body heal. You can also take a cool bath or shower with cool water. This will help you lower the temperature. You can also apply cold compressions on the body. You should not eat solid food while you have fever. If you are a smoker, try to stay away from cigarettes while you are sick. You should also avoid alcohol because it can cause dehydration and weaken your immune system.
Natural RemediesThe simplest natural remedy for fever is water. Drink plenty amounts of cool water to compensate for the loss of fluids and to help your body lower the temperature. Besides water, you should drink fresh fruit juice, especially grapefruit juice, or eat chicken soup. It is also recommended to drink herbal tea and eat bananas, oranges, apricots, apples, green leafy vegetables and yogurt. The best teas for reducing fever are saffron tea, tulsi leaves tea and fenugreek seeds tea. You can sweeten your tea with some honey and you can add some cinnamon or ginger powder. Garlic is an excellent remedy for many disorders, which will help you body fight infection. Another natural remedy for reducing fever is to soak your socks in vinegar, put them on and then warm up and lie down.