Fever Remedies for Adults
What is a fever?
A fever is not an illness but a symptom of an illness. Fever can also result from vaccine reactions, heat stroke, and dehydration etc… If you’ve got a fever and you haven’t gotten extremely hot or you’re not dressed too warmly, you’ve likely got an infection or virus of some sort.
Fever is the elevation of body temperature in adults and children. Fevers are normally considered to be anything over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The adult temperature can be measured quickly by an oral or tympanic digital thermometer.
While most fevers can be managed at home, you may need additional treatment for the infection or virus that you may be suffering from.
How can I treat a fever at home with medication?
If you are unfortunate enough to be suffering from a fever then you’ll want relief fast. Along with an elevated temperature you may be experiencing other discomforts as well. It’s not uncommon for adults and children to experience mild aches or pains while feverish. Others may also experience chills, fatigue, loss of appetite, and diarrhea or vomiting too.
To manage your fever at home Tylenol, Advil, and Motrin are all good choices to reduce your fever quickly. It is also advisable in some instances to combine Tylenol and Motrin to lower a high fever or a fever that continues to rise steadily after taking one or the other medication in the beginning. It is wise however to avoid aspirin as a fever reducer.
Of course this is especially true in young adults under 20 as it could result in Reye’s syndrome later. Of course if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or antiviral drugs you’ll want to take these as directed as well to combat the virus or infection that you’ve been experiencing also for a much faster recovery.
Natural Remedies for Adult Fever
What are some natural remedies for fever?
Fever often responds well to natural remedies at home too. While treating the underlying illness will be the most successful way to combat a fever these quick tips along with the fever reducers above can help to bring you fast relief. Whether you have chills and aches or fatigue that has you bound to your bed these tricks can help you to feel better much faster.
- Keep clothing and blankets light to prevent overheating
- Use enough blankets or sheets to be just comfortably warm to prevent shivering, which will only raise the body temperature more.
- Drink plenty of fluids include juice, herbal teas, water, and broth or electrolyte solutions if necessary.
- Take a lukewarm bath or shower for fast relief
- Place a cool washcloth on your forehead or place cool, damp towels over your body for a few minutes to achieve quick relief of a high fever.
- Get plenty of rest to combat the fatigue brought on by a fever
When should I see a doctor?
While most fevers can be treated at home and resolve within a couple of days, some fevers may need the attention of a healthcare professional. If you’ve been ill for more than a few days and your fever just keeps hanging on, then you’ve likely got a virus or infection that will need medication to resolve. There are other reasons to see your doctor or an emergency department for your fever though.
- Fever over 103 degrees
- Fever after overexertion or in hot weather with no explainable cause other than the heat or exertion
- Fever that is accompanied by a rash or stiff neck
- Fever after being bitten by a tick that may be accompanied with a bull’s-eye rash
- Fever lasting more than a couple of days
- Fever with extreme dehydration, seizures/convulsions, or altered consciousness.
Hopefully your fever will be gone soon and home treatment will be all you need. Keep in mind rest and hydration to prevent additional complications from your fever. Take all medications as directed also to prevent recurrence of your infection or virus after you begin feeling better.
In the end while fever is quite uncomfortable it is soon gone and forgotten. For any concerns you may have about your fever or the fever in another adult please see you healthcare provider or seek emergency medical attention if necessary.