A common misconception about fevers is that they should all be reduced. A fever is the bodies' mechanism for fighting an invasion or infection.
When the body senses that there is an infection, it triggers a chain of events to fight the invasion. By raising the temperature at which the infection is thriving, it often kills the bacteria or virus that is making you sick.
So it is not always necessary to lower a temperature, and it may actually hinder the recovery process if you interfere with the bodies' natural response.
Always check with a physician about treatment for anyone who is experiencing a fever. If you decide to avoid fever-reducing medications, then you can try some other methods for reducing the bodies' temperature.
Usually, when the temperature is so high that the patient becomes uncomfortable and dehydrated, it's time to step in and help out.
Ensure that the patient has ample fluid. Gatorade or Powerade are excellent choices for re-hydration because they also offer added vitamins and minerals, that may have been lost through perspiration or vomiting. Ice pops are another great choice
Don't use alcohol. It can cause a spiked temperature and even alcohol poisoning. Instead, use a cold washcloth and continue to re-cool the cloth when it becomes warm.
A tepid bath can be of great help in treating a fever. Allowing the patient to lie in the bath-tub for about 30-60 minutes can be very effective in lowering the bodies' core temperature.
Fans also help lower a fever; but keep the fan on a low setting, so you avoid chilling the patient any further. Don't pile on blankets. In fact the less clothing, the better. This will help the heat to escape through the skin.
Pay attention to low urine output. This is a key signal that there is severe dehydration and it's important to seek medical help if this occurs.
Stay in a cool environment and use air-conditioning when ever possible.
If the patient is a child younger than three months, call the physicians immediately. For babies, 3-5 months call the doctor if the temperature reaches 101 or higher. If a fever reaches 102 in a child six months or older, you should contact the child's doctor.
If there is ever a fever combined with any other symptoms, you should contact a physician for advice, especially if there are any signs of purple spots on the skin. This could be indicative of a serious disorder, such as meningitis.
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