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Common Fever Treatment

Fever is a good thing. It’s your body’s attempt to kill off invading bacteria and other nasty organisms that can’t survive the heat. The hypothalamus, which is the body’s thermostat, senses the assault on the body and turns up the heat much the way you turn up the thermostat when you feel cold. It’s a simple defense mechanism, and the sweat that comes with a fever is merely a way to cool the body down. Fever is not a disease. Fever occurs when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above its normal level.

Normal body temperature varies by person, age, activity, and time of day. The average normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). Fever serves as one of the body’s natural defenses against bacteria and viruses which cannot live at a higher temperature. Raising the temperature a few degrees can give the body the winning edge. In addition, a fever activates the body’s immune system, accelerating the production of white blood cells, antibodies, and many other infection-fighting agents. A slight fever can make it harder for them to survive.

Fever also activates your body’s immune system. Once the higher temperature is achieved, the shivering and chills stop. When the infection has been overcome or drugs such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) have been taken, the thermostat resets to normal and the body’s cooling mechanisms switch on: the blood moves to the surface and sweating occurs.

Fever is an important signal that there’s something wrong in the body. Treatment of fever should be based primarily on lowering the setpoint, but facilitating heat loss may also contribute. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). If you child has an infection, using a fever reducer will not help your child to get better any faster. Drugs to lower fever (antipyretics) can be given if a patient (particularly a child) is uncomfortable. These include aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and ibuprofin (Advil). Aspirin, however, should not be given to a child or adolescent with a fever since this drug has been linked to an increased risk of Reye’s syndrome. Bathing a patient in cool water can also help alleviate a high fever. Wet cloth or pads are also used for treatment, and applied to the forehead. Heat loss may be an effect of (possibly a combination of) heat conduction, convection, radiation or evaporation (sweating, perspiration). There are several things you to help bring the temperature down and make the person more comfortable. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature, but make sure that fresh air is circulating. Make sure they drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Give ice cubes to suck.

The leaves of holy basil are one of the most effective of several home remedies in the treatment of common fever. A decoction made of about twelve grams of these leaves, boiled in half a liter of water, should be administered twice daily with half a cup of milk, one teaspoon of sugar and a quarter teaspoon of powdered cardamom (chhoti elaichi). This will bring down the temperature.

Drink lots of water to compensate for the loss of body fluid. This will also help to reduce the body temperature. To immediately reduce high body temperature, boil powder of 2 to 3 tsp dry roasted fenugreek seeds. Strain the water and add a drop of ghee to it and drink. Drink juice made out of sweet basil leaves twice or thrice a day. Prepare linden tea by boiling 1 tbsp of linden flower in 1 cup of water and drink it hot. Brew willow bark tea and drink it by taking small sips. Willow bark has some aspirin related compound. If you are not comfortable with it then use black elder.

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