Fever is an often banal symptom that does not always require consultation. It is indeed possible to lower it yourself.
When we are suffering from an infectious disease (flu, nasopharyngitis, otitis, angina, sinusitis, laryngitis, urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, etc.), fever appears. This symptom corresponds to a rise in body temperature above 38°C, in the absence of intense physical activity.
It allows our body to fight against infection, in particular by accelerating the production of white blood cells (leukocytes). In addition, it destroys microbes thanks to macrophages and it stimulates the multiplication of antibodies (lymphocytes). It also eliminates toxins and creates chemical reactions that help the body’s cells regenerate.
Nevertheless, even if it is often commonplace and well tolerated, it causes discomfort: sweating, chills, pain, aches, etc. It can also be dangerous in certain cases. Concerning infants, it can cause convulsions and must therefore be the subject of medical consultation.
For adults and children, on the other hand, it is not necessary to consult the doctor immediately and it is generally advisable to wait 3 days. However, if in doubt (hypotonia, breathing difficulties, confusion, stiff neck, etc.), do not hesitate to consult.
Even if the fever is not serious, it is possible to lower the body temperature in order to treat the discomfort it causes. There are several ways to treat it.
1. Discover the feverish patient
The first reaction to have when dealing with a feverish person is to undress them. In the pediatric departments of hospitals, we do not hesitate to put children shirtless. Consider turning the heat in the room down to 18 degrees and removing the blankets. Be sure to reduce the temperature gradually, so as not to cause thermal shock.
2. Give water regularly
Drinking water regularly and in small quantities, to hydrate the patient is also recommended in case of fever. You can also run a washcloth of cold water over your forehead and neck, or even over your body, without drying it out, because letting the water evaporate will cool your body.
3. Take a shower in case of excessive sweating
Currently, it is no longer recommended to take a cool bath in order to bring down the temperature. Indeed, it would rather tend to cause discomfort in the feverish person. Nevertheless, in case of heavy perspiration, a quick shower can be pleasant as well as clean clothes.
4. Paracetamol to lower fever
To lower the fever if it is poorly tolerated, it is advisable to give an antipyretic treatment. Paracetamol (or acetaminophen) should be given first. Anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen type) can also be effective. As for aspirin, it is not recommended for children.
5. Willow leaves, a remedy since Antiquity
Certain plants can also help bring down the temperature. Already used during Antiquity, willow leaves consumed in decoction also act as an antipyretic. If you don’t like herbal tea, you can take it in capsule form.
6. Which homeopathy granules to choose?
Homeopathy can also relieve the patient in case of fever. If it is brutal and high accompanied by headaches, redness, and sweating, take 5 granules of Belladonna 5CH every hour.
Same dosage with Aconite 5CH in case of dry fever. If the fever is low and is accompanied by great fatigue and a desire to stay in bed, take Ferrum phosphoricum 5CH, 5 granules every two hours. Finally, in case of fever with gradual onset with intense thirst, dry mouth, and dry cough, take 5 granules of Bryonia 5CH every hour.
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