In most cases, fever in older children and adults does not require any professional attention. Only if there are other serious symptoms or a fever over 102 F lasts more than a few days will you need to call your doctor.
Home treatments for fever concentrate on rest, fluid intake and making the patient as comfortable as possible. Trying to bring a fever down with aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may not be the best treatment. When you have a fever your body is using heat to kill off an infection and stimulate the activity of the white blood cells. You may recover from the underlying infection faster if you let the fever take its course.
If you experience chills, that is the body’s way of trying to warm up. Cover up and drink some hot herbal tea. A tea made from elder flowers is reputed to warm the body and bring on sweating. Use two teaspoons of elder flowers in a cup of boiling water for this herbal remedy. You can drink three or four cups of this tea in a day or until the fever breaks.
If a high fever makes you uncomfortable, try taking a lukewarm bath for ten or fifteen minutes. Adding several drops of essential oil of lavender to the bath water provides a calming scent and aids in relaxation. If a bath is not an appealing option, use lukewarm water for a short sponge bath and then return to bed.
Never use a cold bath to bring down a fever. Alcohol rubs are not a good fever treatment, either.
Fluids like herbal tea, soups, broths and juices are good for rehydrating and do provide some nutritional and medicinal benefits. It’s a great time to make your favorite recipe of chicken soup. If it has lots of onion and garlic in it that is even better. Young children under two years of age may be given oral rehydrating formulas that replace lost moisture and electrolytes.
Hot lemonade may tempt a finicky child. Hot toddies may be prepared for adults but it is best to minimize the alcoholic content and just use it for a bit of flavor.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.