How to Quickly Lower a High Fever Safely?

High Fever

Fever, is the sudden change in body temperature, usually to higher levels. It is at times accompanied by headaches and general discomfort in the patient. It is the body’s response to germs, as it limits their reproductivity. Since it is a way of the body healing itself, there is often no need to fret. At times, however, this points to a more significant underlying problem in the body. Here are some pointers on how to quickly lower the fever, from Frontline ER Clinic.

Ways to Reduce High Fever

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apart from the diverse uses of apple cider vinegar in hair and skin treatment and aesthetics, it is a medicinal product against fever. The acid in it draws heat out and thus can lower the body temperature. It is also rich in minerals and will replenish some of the minerals lost during the fever. Common remedies against fever using vinegar include.  Add a half cup of the vinegar into the warm bath water and soak yourself in the mixture for around ten minutes. Your temperature will lower by ten minutes, and you will feel relieved. In case of another temperature surge, repeat this process till it drops. The other option is adding a few spoonsful of apple cider vinegar to a warm glass of water, and a little honey to taste. Taking up the solution at least three times in your day will subside the fever.


Basil leaves possess antibiotic properties in commercial drugs and are a better option at temperature control. To get these properties in a cup will only need 20 basil leaves. Boil them together with crushed ginger till their solution gets to half their original quantity. Taking this mix lowers the fever in no time. The best part is that this is a readily available home remedy that will serve you all day long.

Wet Towel Treatment

This method entails dipping a towel in cold water or in iced water depending on how fast you want to lower the fever. Two towels are folded lengthwise, each and immersed in the bucket of iced water. Once they are soaking wet, wring out the excess water from the towel to avoid wetting the rest of the room. The towel folding can now be placed over the head, around the neck, wrists or ankles. It is best to choose just two spots for your towel, e.g., head and wrists; otherwise, your temperature will drop too fast and too low. The cold water in the towel reduces the body temperature as it absorbs the heat from the body. Once its no longer cold, you can repeat the above procedure and maybe place it in different body parts to spread the cool.

Taking A Warm Shower

During fevers, the immediate response is usually a cold bath. While this lowers the body temperature immediately, it reduces sweating. A warm shower, however, will open up the body pores to allow perspiration, decongesting your sinuses and soothing your sore and tight muscles. The temperature has to, however, be just warm lest it’s too hot and drives your body temp off the cliffs. Instead of a shower or bath, you can sponge your body with warm water. This will cool the body and ensure healthy blood circulation. Avoid sponge baths with cold water since the shivering that follows could further escalate your body temperature.

Lowering Room Temperature and Wearing Comfortable Clothing

The last thing you’ll need is a tie on your neck when suffering from a fever. To help ease the illness, you should loosen up your clothes and wear light clothing.  The temptation to stay in bed is unavoidable, however, avoid heavy covers, single bed sheet should suffice. Put aside your duvet and get a light bed sheet or bed cover. Turn on the air-conditioning to adjust the temperatures to a cooler level. Instead of air-conditioning, you can also open up the windows to allow ventilation and to cool the room and cool you by extension.

Starving The Fever

When a fever is a result of infection, you will need to reduce your food consumption. The body will, in turn, stop sending zinc and iron to your cells. Infection microorganism depends on zinc and iron for growth and will thus get starved. Avoid foods rich in the above nutrients and beat the fever.

Fever medication

This is an extreme fever scenario. Home remedies work best especially since you will not have to worry about possible repercussions in using them. However, if the fever still doesn’t reduce after the home remedies, you may try ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen. Follow over-the-counter prescription from your pharmacist or chemist. Medication should, however, be the last resort in lowering the fever. If the fever persists, this could indicate an underlying problem calling for urgent medical attention. When the temperature reads anything above 103 degrees, you need to call 911. Pregnant women with a fever at 101 degrees Fahrenheit and babies under three months with 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit need immediate medical attention. Frontline ER provides 24-hour emergency Rooms for such scenarios.

Coming down with a fever could ruin your whole day. Instead of missing out on work or life, try the ways stated above. You will be out and about in no time.

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