Fever is a rise in the body temperature. The rise in temperature occurs when our body’s immune system is fighting against infections from viruses and bacteria. The normal temperature of body ranges from 97 °F to 99 °F but the temperature may vary the whole day.
Generally our body temperature remains lower early morning and rises during late afternoon. Fever occurs when the temperature rises above the normal level. Medically the term ‘pyrexia’ is used for fever. Degree of the fever does not necessarily signify the intensity of the fever or its seriousness. Sometimes a negligible problem may cause high fever, and severe illness may show low fever. Sometimes it takes only few days for the temperature to get back to the normal state. However it is to be noted that fever definitely plays a vital part in body’s natural process of defense against foreign infections. It should not be confused with illness all the time but if the temperature exceeds to ‘104 °F’ then it can be a serious concern.
Causes of fever
Causes may vary from allergic reactions, infections, certain illness, and hormonal disorders. Fevers occur mostly due to flu, viruses and common cold. Some of the diseases such as urinary tract infection, pneumonia, cancer, viral hepatitis, malaria, and whooping cough can also result in fever. Fevers can also be side effect from certain medications. Excessive or heavy exercise in hot weather and certain hormonal disorders like hypothyroidism can result in fever too.
Common symptoms of fever include headache, muscle ache, burning sensation in eyes, increase in the production of saliva, feeling of nausea and heaviness, vomiting or feeling of the same, tiredness, night sweats, breathing trouble, reduced appetite and coated tongue. High fever may result in irritability and hallucinations.
Look for the danger signs
– Seek medical assistance if you notice the following symptoms: – Temperature above 104 °F in adults – 101° in case if patient is above the age of 60 – 102° temperature in child – Fever in a patient suffering from chronic illness like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes – If fever is accompanied by painful urination, severe headache, back pain, rashes or stiff neck Other than this if fever stays for more than 3 days seek medical advice immediately. If fever does not show the above mentioned symptoms you can safely treat it at home with effective, natural and side effect free home remedies.
Following are some of the natural home remedies for fever
Saturate few raisins preferably 10 to 15 in a bowl of water. After some hours mash the raisins and strain the water. Drinking the strained water is very beneficial in fever. You can also follow this remedy by saturating 25 raisins in half cup water. Smash the raisins and strain the water. Then add half teaspoon lime juice and drink the water twice a day.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy basil is very effective in the treatment of fever naturally. Boil few leaves of holy basil in a cup of water. Drink that water as a natural cure to fever. You may sweeten the drink with some honey.
Garlic cloves and Olive oil
Crush 2 large size garlic cloves and add two tablespoons olive to it. Now warm the mixture and apply it under sole of the feet. Now cover the feet with the help of a cloth or plastic. Leave it overnight. Garlic and olive oil works excellent in reducing fever.
Take some boiling water and add 1 teaspoon mustard seeds to it. Let the seeds soak in the water for five minutes. Drink the water.
Prepare a tea by boiling 30 ml water and adding ½ teaspoon saffron to it. Patient should consume 1 teaspoon of saffron tea after every 1 hour till temperature gets back to normal.
Prepare a tea similarly by boiling fenugreek seeds in water. Patent should take fenugreek tea 2 times daily. Fenugreek works equally to quinine. The drink is soothing and helps cleansing the system.
Hog weed is a beneficial herb for treating fever. In 250 ml water soak 15 gm of hog weed herb. Take this infusion 2 times daily to lower the body temperature. You will sweat profusely and that helps to normalize body temperature. This is one of the positive herbal remedy for fever.
Honey, ginger juice and lime juice
Mix all the ingredients and drink during fever. This remedy is natural and effective.
Add few vinegar drops to a bath tub filled with warm water. Submerge your body in that water for few minutes and relax. You can also take green tea several times a day during cold and fever.
Natural remedies for fever using Juices and Fruits
In a glass of fresh apricot juice add 1 teaspoon honey or glucose and drink. It’s a very refreshing and cooling drink during temperature in the body. It removes the unwanted products from your body and satiates the thirst. Besides that the drink also tones up liver, eyes, stomach, nerves and heart by supplying minerals and vitamins.
Combine ½ glass grape fruit juice with equal amount of water. Take this every day during fever. It eliminates the burning commotion experienced during fever. Oranges act wonder in fever especially in improving the digestive system which gets seriously hampered during fever. Extract the juice of guava. Warm the juice slightly and drink.
Cool baths are helpful in fever. Submerge your body in a bath tub filled with normal water for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this remedy everyday or as necessary till the temperature goes down. Also avoid sudden atmospheric changes. You can also take a shower of lukewarm water. Water should not be too warm as your temperature needs to go down. Saturate a cloth or towel in tepid water. Place the towel on the patient’s forehead and let it stay for sometime. Repeat few times.
Diet for fever
– Take foods that are easy to digest during fever. Increase intake of liquids than solids. – Take boiled or steamed vegetables, yoghurt, honey and soup – Take rice prepared with spices like turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander and ginger with salt and lentils added to it. – Avoid foods like fish, chicken, coffee, tea, condiments, raw or fried foods, pickles, sugar, white flour and products prepared from them. – Drink plenty of water as body needs to retain back the fluid lost during fever. – Fresh fruits and juices should be consumed a lot. Plenty of fluids intake, adequate sleep and enough rest and treating it with the simple home remedies can definitely help you during fever.
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.