While most people think of fever as a sickness, fever is actually the body’s response to an illness. This response may also be due to an infection caused by microbial agents like viruses or bacteria. Once the hypothalamus in the brain detects an infection, it immediately warms up the body above its average temperature which is 98.6 degrees. This is done to counteract the effect of disease causing agents.
Change of seasons may also bring about a fever. This becomes more likely if an individual switches between hot and cold too often. A fever is never a good companion since it causes drowsiness, lethargy and sluggishness. Moreover, it is often accompanied by excessive coughing, a flu, sore throat, headache and significant weakness. For most people, the first reaction upon detecting a fever is to head straight to the medicine cabinet.
Alternates to this option are natural remedies which are equally helpful yet so much safer and cheaper.
This is one of the oldest remedies there is and it works like a charm every time. Using cold water to reduce fever is a sensible approach. The temperature of the water is lower than that of the body so heat dissipates from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration.
- Take a bowl of cold water.
- Put water in the freezer for some time or add in some ice cubes.
- Dip a cotton cloth in it.
- Put this cloth on the forehead and chest.
- This will eventually bring down body temperature and provide relief from fever.