- First Aid
How to Stop a Fever
What is Fever?
Pyrexia is the medical term for fever, where bodily temperature above the normal level is written off as the first symptom. The fever is usually a good kind of illness for the body’s immune system. When there is an outside intruder in the body, like a bacteria or virus, the hypothalamus, which is our heat regulator, sends signals to the body to start increasing its temperature. When our temperature is higher than normal, the bugs and microbes will stop replicating and causing further damage to the organism. Normal temperature in a healthy human being is said to be between 36.5 and 37.5 °C and anything above this level is considered a fever. To make the body evaporate the temperature you can take 30 minute showers and drink a lot of fluids. You must never use ice when dealing with a fever, because that will cause you to shiver and signal the brain to increase the temperature further. Ice and cooling blankets are used only when the temperature is extremely high, in order to avoid brain damage.
How to Treat the Fever?
When you discuss the question how to treat fever with a medical specialist, he will probably recommend you to buy medications like Tylenol, which is available in tablet and liquid form. You can take one pill every 4 or 5 hours, with maximum dosage of 5 tablets per day. You can buy this medication without a prescription and you should never use different medications at once, before you consult a doctor. You can use other medications as well, including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen since they prevent the brain from producing more enzymes.
Fever in Kids and Babies
If you are not sure how to treat fever and which are the safest drugs for your child, you should never decide on the treatment by yourself and consider a doctor’s appointment if the fever is still the same or increasing after 24 hours. Most prescribed drugs to treat fever in babies and children are ibuprofen or acetaminophen and your doctor will help you with the dosage. The dosing is prepared not according to the child’s age, but its weight. Most medications have warnings and instructions to help you determine the time between the doses. Avoid using Aspirin as treatment for high temperature in kids and babies, because aspirin can cause brain damage and liver failure in young bodies.
Garlic is known as the natural penicillin and its magical properties can be used to lower the high fever. A component called allicin is found in garlic, where only one milligram is equal to 15 units of the standard penicillin. This active component slows down the germ reproduction and their growth and it acts as a powerful antibiotic on the body. It promotes healthy blood circulation and it’s loaded with antioxidants. So next time you start shivering, chop a couple of garlic cloves in the blender, squeeze one lemon in the mixture and add one or two tablespoons of honey. Drink this quick mixture and follow up with a big glass of lemonade. By the time the dosage runs through your system you will have millions and millions of new antibodies to fight against the fever. You can repeat the same dose every 5 or 6 hours but it won’t do you any harm if you drink this mix few times a week even when you are healthy. The allicin is released as active only when the garlic is chopped, sliced or bruised, so it won’t work as well if you try to eat the whole clover. If you don’t like the taste or smell of the garlic you can add cinnamon, ground thyme or other strong flavored herbs to adjust the taste a bit.