Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How to Cure a Fever at Home!

Hello Cute-rs, how are you guys? Today I want to share with everyone a simple cure for fever.

Common Methods For Treating a Fever

  1. Remove any excess clothes or blankets. The environment should be comfortably cool.
  2. Dress in comfy clothes. This is no time to be a fashion diva. Drag out your rattiest, most comfortable nightgown or pajamas and robe. Put on some socks.
  3. Put an ice pack or damp rag on your forehead. This will cool your body down temporarily and reduce the fever faster. You could also soak a washcloth in a bowl of cool water, then place it on your forehead. This will help your body to lower it's temperature, thus reducing the fever faster.
  4. Get someone to massage your head, neck and back. If you can get them to do your arms, legs, hands and fingers, it will feel really good and help reduce some of the aches related to the fever. If you don't have someone to rub you, then just use an electric massager.
  5. Apply a damp cloth to legs, feet and neck. Only apply until the cloth is warm because excess application only makes the situation worse by cause shivering which increases core body temperature.
  6. Take a lukewarm shower. Taking a hot shower would increase your body temperature, and a cold shower may induce shivering which would also raise your body temperature as it generates heat.
  7. Stay in an air conditioned room. You want to have a constant cold room temperature because this also helps lower your body temperature.
  8. Let the fever run its course. As long as the fever does not exceed 102 degrees, it actually helps your body to fight infections and eliminate toxins.

Remedies From the Refrigerator

  1. Drink plenty of liquids. Make sure to get lots of water in your system. If you feel good enough, try some Ginger Ale. This really feels cool and soothing on your throat. If you're over 21, enjoy a hot toddy made by adding honey, lemon, and whiskey to hot water (but don't take the whiskey if you are taking some Tylenol later. They should not mix).
  2. Eat cold foods. Get a bowl of ice cream or a Popsicle. This will take your temperature down. Don't worry about your diet; calories consumed while you are sick don't count. Your body is burning a ton of calories having a fever.
    • If you are having the reverse issue and experiencing the chills, you may want hot chocolate.
  3. Add blackberry vinegar to water. This is a great fever elixir, but it takes several days to prepare. Pour cider vinegar over a pound or two of blackberries, then cover the container and store it in a cool, dark place for three days. Strain for a day, since it takes time for all the liquid to drain from the berries, and collect the liquid in another container. Add 2 cups sugar to each 2 1/2 cups of juice. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes while you skim the scum off the top. Cool and store in an airtight jar in a cool place. Mix 1 teaspoonful with water to quench the thirst caused by a fever.
  4. Drink fruit juice. Any fruit juice, including lemonade, will replace the fluids lost through sweating.
  5. Lettuce. Pour a pint of boiling water over an entire head of lettuce and let it steep for 15 minutes. Strain and sweeten the liquid to your preferred taste. In addition to keeping you hydrated, this lettuce infusion may also help you sleep better.

Remedies From the Cupboard

  1. Soak garlic in hot water. Sip the contents slowly. This can reduce the chance of another fever and alleviate the symptoms of the current fever.
  2. Take angelica root. If boiled and infused in water, this will help bring down a fever.
  3. Take Motrin (Ibuprofen), Tylenol (Acetominophen), Alleve (Naproxen) or Biogesic (Paracetamol). These are fever reducers which really help There is a kind for kids and adults. Follow the directions on the package on dosage information.
  4. Add cream of tartar to liquid. Make a tea of 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 1/2 cups warm water, and 1/2 teaspoon honey. Drink this for 4 to 6 ounces at a time.
  5. Eat fresh pineapple. Pineapple is not only an anti-inflammatory agent that can fight fever, but the juice also prevents dehydration.
  6. Mix raisins in water. Put 3/4 cup chopped raisins in 7 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the water has been reduced by one-third. Drink a little of this several times a day to keep yourself hydrated during a fever.
  7. Mix basil in tea. Mix 1 teaspoon basil with 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Put the mixture into a cup of water and add 1 teaspoon honey. Drink this two to three times a day.
  8. Enjoy oregano tea. Steep 1 teaspoon each of oregano and marjoram in a pint of boiling water for 30 minutes. You can drink this warm a couple of times each day.
I hope this simple tips I got from the Internet has helped you Cute-rs, as it helped me today. As per my previous entry, my daughter has fever, she got better earlier today but as of this writing her temperature went up again. Last night her temperature was at 38.3 and today it is at 37.9.

I pray that her fever will release all the toxins in her body and get well real soon...

-shaw

2 comments:

joiz said...

Ethan has been having slight fever since Tuesday. The doctor says it could be viral. It drives me nuts when he's sick. I worry so much!

ShawCute said...

Shagne's ok na, she went back to school yesterday. I hope Ethan gets better too...