Isvaiyah has been a licensed pharmacist at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) for nine years. She earned her M.Sc. from the same university.
Many of us suffer from fevers, often caused by colds, flu, or other infections. It is especially worrying when your child has a fever. In this case, you need to consider how to get rid of a fever. For babies and toddlers, it is best to seek medical attention for any fever.
Older children can normally be treated at home, but you need to call a doctor if the fever persists or the temperature reaches above 102˚F or 37˚C. If a child becomes very lethargic, suffers from breathlessness, gets a rash, has a severe headache, or has a fit, seek immediate medical attention.
How to Get Rid of a Fever Fast?
First of all, always drink plenty of fluids (but no alcohol). A child should be encouraged to drink milk or water, even if they say they don’t feel thirsty.
Most popular over-the-counter (OTC) remedies for a fever include acetaminophen (Tylenol™ and other brands) and ibuprofen.
A Warning Word
Be aware that acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be found in various branded medicines so it’s easy to exceed a safe dose if you use more than one type of medication.
Aspirin can be used by adults, but should never be given to children or teenagers as there is a risk of very serious side effects.
Top 8 Home Remedies for a Fever
Many people prefer to use a natural remedy to cure a fever. Some of these remedies tend to make you sweat, so it’s important to drink a lot of water so you don’t become dehydrated.
The following are suitable home remedies for a high fever:
Summary of Home Remedies for a High Fever
A lukewarm bath
Add some eucalyptus bath salts if your fever is caused by a cold.
Washcloth on the head
Simply put a cool, damp washcloth on the forehead (Repeat three times a day).
Do a mustard foothbath for 15 - 20 minutes.
Drink three cups of yarrow tea three times a day.
Drink three cups of elderflower tea three times a day.
Take a 500 mg of angelica capsule three times a day.
Drink three cups of ginger tea three times a day.
Add cayenne papper liberally to your favorite foods.
1. A Lukewarm Bath
Take a lukewarm bath as a home remedy for fever. This treatment will cool your body down, reducing your overall temperature. However, please keep in mind: Never use cold water since your body will react to it by moving blood to the inner organs, so you won’t get any overall benefit.
NOTE: If your fever is caused by a cold, you can try adding some eucalyptus bath salts to help clear your nasal passages.
2. Washcloth on the Head
You can simply put a cool, damp washcloth on the forehead to cool your head down. It is another popular old home remedy for a high fever.
Repeat the treatment three times a day until the fever subsides.
3. Mustard Footbath
A mustard footbath is a traditional home remedy for a fever, particularly when it's due to a cold or flu. Grandma may have used it, but it can be worthwhile to revive this old-time treatment.
You can mix three teaspoons of mustard powder with a small amount of warm water in a suitable bowl or basin. Soak your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes.
The footbath tends to draw blood to your feet, reducing the symptoms of colds and fever.
Yarrow or common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) tends to induce sweating, helping to bring your temperature down.
This herb occurs in the wild in North America, Europe, and Asia. It’s often seen on waste grounds, field edges, or roadsides. You may well have some growing within a few yards of your home, ready to pick for free.
The plant is easy to grow. Simply buy a small plant and put it into well-drained soil in a sunny position. It normally dies down in winter but grows up again in the spring. You can dry the herb for use later in the year.
Capsules are available, or you can make tea from the leaves or flowers. Tea bags are commercially available. Take three cups of tea a day (adult dose) until the fever subsides.
The flowers of the elder bush (Sambucus nigra or related species) are a good home treatment for a high fever. They can also ease other cold symptoms, such as mucus production.
A tea is usually made from the flowers and is drunken three times a day until the fever symptoms subside. Teabags are commercially available from a number of suppliers; sometimes the elderflower is combined with lemon or apple.
NOTE: Despite what may be said in older herbals or some websites, never use the leaves, stems, bark, or roots of the elder, as these are all poisonous. The flowers or the cooked berries of the European (Sambucus nigra) or American elder (Sambucus canadensis) are safe to eat.
Angelica (Angelica archangelica, also known as Archangelica officinalis) is a useful herbal home remedy for fever. Traditionally associated with the Archangel Michael, this plant has long been valued for its fragrance, taste, and healing properties. It’s usually grown for its edible stems, leaves, and seeds, but it’s the roots which are normally used to treat fevers. The roots have anti-inflammatory properties and can also induce sweating.
Capsules of angelica root are available. Take a 500 mg capsule three times a day until the fever subsides (adult dose).
The plant can be grown by planting a young plant in spring or early summer. It can be tricky to grow from saved seed, although it self-seeds readily. It prefers a partially-shaded position and moist soil. It normally flowers in its second year, then dies (i.e. it’s a biennial plant). The root is best harvested during the first fall or winter.
7. Ginger Root
The root of ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a traditional home remedy for a high fever. It can also help with digestive complaints.
Take some grated ginger with a meal. The tea is considered to be a good way to use this plant to treat fever. Take three cups a day until the fever subsides.
Ginger and lemon tea is a popular, tasty combination. Tea bags are available from a number of suppliers.
8. Hot Spices
Hot spices can be a useful alternative remedy for a high fever. Add cayenne pepper or some chopped hot chili peppers to your food. The hot food will help to make you sweat. There are a huge variety of hot chili peppers to try.
NOTE: This is not a suitable remedy for young children, but can help to ease a fever in teenagers or adults.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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