Fever is a common body manifestation if there is certain infection or inflammation within the body. We have all experienced it and know how it feels. Fever or high body temperature is the body’s natural defense against a variety of attacks on the body, however if it is over 101° F and lasts for some period of time it can become dangerous for your health and cause irreversible damage.
The Key Reasons of High Temperature
We are dealing with fever when the body’s temperature exceeds 101° F and it is triggered without any strenuous activity. The common reason for its occurrence is the presence of pathogenic foreign material within the body and then the body elevates its temperature in order to neutralize the negative effect. This body condition can be accompanied by other symptoms like dehydration, chills, fatigue, nausea, headache, muscle pain, headache, and so on.
There are two ways of measuring the temperature, the first one is done by inserting a thermometer into the rectum (anus) and because of that it is called the rectal temperature and the second one is the auxiliary temperature measured by placing a thermometer under the tongue or armpit. Have in mind that the rectal temperature is higher for 0.5° F to 1° F when compared with the measurements of other places.
Fever may occur in the following cases:
- Infection (gastrointestinal, urinary, renal)
- Inflammation of a wound or a burn
- Food poisoning
- Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases
- ENT disease (sinusitis, laryngitis, angina, rhinitis)
- Taking certain medicines (vaccines)
There are cases when there is no apparent reason for elevated temperature. Nonetheless, if it lasts for more than three days and it does not decline even if you follow a medical treatment or if it reaches 104° F, then by all means you must seek for medical attention. In this way you will avoid the occurrence of possible complications, including brain or organ damage and seizures which may occur in babies between 18 and 24 months.
How to act in case of fever?
As we mentioned before if the temperature is not too high or persistent, then it cannot do any harm to your body. The temperature will go back to its normal levels once the disease is treated or the infection terminated which in the beginning caused the fever. Nevertheless, certain treatments need to be used in order to assist in reducing the temperature thereby lowering the discomfort that it may cause.
In case of fever the use of these methods is recommended:
- Consume plenty of water and fruit juices packed with vitamin C so that you boost the immune system and prevent the occurrence of dehydration.
- Having a warm bath (not hot or cold) will cool off your body without the trembling effect.
- Rest, either sit or lie avoiding physical exertion.
- You can use cold compresses or rose water on the forehead.
- Lower the room temperature for a few degrees where the patient rests.
Grandmother’s tips for reducing the temperature
- Treatment based on potato
For this treatment, you need to wash one or two potatoes and then grate them, but leave the peel on. Once you form the paste, apply it on the soles of your feet, and after that wear your socks. This potato paste will absorb the temperature and better your condition.
- Treatment based on vinegar
Take your cotton socks and then dip them in vinegar. After that, wear them on and put over them dry wool socks and go to bed. In this way you will quickly absorb the heat from the body and lower the fever.
- Treatment based on onion
Take one onion and wash it well. Next, peel it and slice it. Like this place it under the feet and then wear your socks on. This vegetable can absorb the present toxins and bacteria from your body and in that way helping you to reduce the fever thus feeling much better.