Preparing Yourself For A Long Hospital Stay

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Three Ways To Bring Down Your Fever Without Taking Drugs

Health & Medical Blog

A fever can leave you feeling very uncomfortable, between the chills, flashes or heat, and clamminess. If you have a fever due to a common illness like the flu, here are some ways to bring it down without relying on medications.

Keep your clothing light.

When you start feeling chills, you might be tempted to cuddle under a pile of blankets. But you're feeling the chills because your body temperature is too high and the air, as a result, feels chilly around you in comparison. Layering on blankets or clothes will just make you warmer and drive the fever up higher. So cover yourself in enough clothes to keep you protected, but don't layer on anything extra. Assuming your home temperature is a standard 65 - 70 degrees F, a single layer of light clothing is all you need.

Take a room temperature bath.

Plunging your body into a cold tub of water won't feel good. Plus, it might make you shiver, which will ultimately drive your body temperature up even higher. The best strategy for cooling off in a bath is to fill it with lukewarm, room temperature water. If you're having trouble accurately judging water temperature because of your fever, have someone else do this for you. Soak for about 20 minutes, and your body temperature should slowly come down. Remember to stay relaxed in the tub. Read a book or listen to calming music. Staying calm will help fight the fever.

Apply rubbing alcohol to your wrists.

In the old days, they used to recommend rubbing alcohol all over your body to cool off from a fever, but this can cause too dramatic and uncomfortable of a temperature change. Dabbing just a little on your wrists can help slowly bring your body temperature down. A lot of blood circulates through your wrists and the veins are close to your skin there, so the evaporation of the alcohol will draw heat out of your circulatory system.

Note that these recommendations are intended to be used for mild to moderate fevers only. Whenever you have a fever, take your temperature to ensure you're not entering the danger zone. In adults, a fever over 103 degrees F is considered dangerously high. If your fever falls in this range, you should have someone take you to urgent care or the emergency room rather than attempting to bring the fever down on your own. You should also head to urgent care if your fever (of any level) lasts more than seven days. For more information, contact establishments like Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home.


3 November 2016