There is nothing in this world I hate fever. The feeling of being lazy, exhausted, overworn, tired and all you want to do is go to sleep, but you know you have tasks that must end. I can safely say that is one of the worst feelings in the world.
Now, what you need to know that most colds do not involve a fever, but the flu, however, goes hand in hand with fever. Another thing to point, fever is the body’s natural reaction to the disease, trying to fight disease and maintain your health in general. Fevers are not the disease themselves, and sometimes have to suffer through them.
Before beginning the task of how to break a fever, assess your situation. Take your temperature and see if it is above normal levels. For information only normal body temperature is between 98 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius to 37.7). Adults can use oral and rectal thermometers. Now, with that being said, let me take you through my guide on how to break a fever in 10 easy steps.
Step 1 – Drink fluids
When you have a fever, you feel exhausted because your body lacks fluids. Simply providing your body with a lot of fluids, can break the fever. If you were already drinking plenty of water before the fever, increase the dose of 0.5 to 1 liter per day.
For adults, the recommended dose during fever is 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women. Drinking water will help your body eliminate the disease easier. If you vomit or have diarrhea, drink more liquids.
Step 2 – Call in the cavalry tea
Drinking water is a great way to get liquid, but if the plain old water does not help, call the cavalry tea. Teas are the best option because it served hot, which helps to sweat and opens the pores so that your body temperature can drop.
The best option is to look for herbal teas leading anti-virus and anti-bacterial properties. For example, chamomile tea, mint tea, echinacea tea, ginger, lemongrass, rosehips or tea.
Step 3 – Give your intestinal health of a Boost
Most of the illnesses and diseases begin in the gut, and your digestive system. This is why, providing your body with probiotics can go a long way to break the fever.
Probiotics are good bacteria that fight bad bacteria in your body. So, your fluid intake, include a glass of two of yogurt to give your immune health and intestine of a boost.
Step 4 – A warm bath
The best way to fight muscle cramps, pain and the feeling of being exhausted is a hot bath. Add a little salt Epson, magnesium, powdered ginger to the mix.
All these ingredients will help relieve muscle aches. Another option is peppermint tea. If you are not drinking mint tea, sprinkle in your bathroom.
Step 5 – Soups
I’m sure you’ve seen movies where a fellow brings his friend / girlfriend / boyfriend chicken soup when sick.
Soups heat your body, which will make you sweat, and will also help you get more fluids. But the most important part is soups will give you the healthy nutrients your body needs in times of recovery.
Step 6 – more nutrients
When your body is recovering, needs healthy to give it assets in the battle nutrients. Coconut oil is a great way to add more healthy nutrients as it has antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can add the coconut oil in fruit smoothies for maximum effect.
Step 7 – starve
Have you heard the old wives’ tale starve a fever, feed a cold? Well, it works. When I have a fever, I try to avoid solid food and starve my fever. I have my food and nutrients from liquid-based sources.
The reason why you should avoid foods while fever is that some viruses and bacteria feed on their iron and zinc to survive. Now, I’m not suggesting that you go to malnutrition and avoid zinc and iron for weeks and months, but some days is more than enough.
Step 8 – cold compress
One of the best solutions for how to break a fever is cold compress. All you need is a clean cloth. Soak it in cold water, wring the cloth and then use it as a compress. Be sure to change the pad every 10 or 15 minutes.
This will reduce the temperature of your body. Another option is to soak clean cotton socks in water, wring them, and then put the socks around the ankles. You need to change socks as well. Or you can go down the extreme path and put ice packs under your arm or groin.
Step 9 – Get Rest
key part of the process of how to break the fever is getting enough rest. I know it feels exhausted, and I’ll help you sleep. I prefer to take a bath before sleep. Do not be afraid to take a nap in the afternoon to give your immune system enough time to recharge.
Step 10 – Try OTC Medication
If all else fails, you can always try some counter medications to break a fever. Now, I suggest you try everything at least 3 days before trying the-counter medication. But that’s just me. Now, if the fever is very uncomfortable, you should try to counter medication from day 1. What you can try is aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your choice!