What Are the Best Home Remedies for a Fever?

Q:
What are the best home remedies for a fever?

A:
Some home remedies include:

  • An individual with a fever should be kept comfortable and not overdressed. Overdressing can cause the temperature to rise further.
  • Tepid water (85 F [30 C]) baths or sponge baths are a home remedy that may help bring down a fever.
  • Never immerse a person with a fever in ice water. This is a common misconception.
  • Never sponge a child or an adult with alcohol; the alcohol fumes may be inhaled, causing many problems.
  • Staying hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fluids, and avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages, which can contribute to dehydration.
  • Popsicles can also be cooling and provide fluids while also soothing a sore throat if that is present.
  • A fan to circulate air or an open window may be helpful, as well as applying a cool damp washcloth to the forehead.

If you are concerned about a fever, call your health care provider for more advice and reassurance.

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