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Treating Fevers Naturally

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What is a fever?
A fever symptom is when your body temperature goes above what it should normally be. A fever temperature is when your body's temperature is above 37.5 Celsius or 99.5 Fahrenheit. A fever is an immune mechanism for your body to kill an infection, so someone could have a viral fever or one caused by a bacterial infection. Usually you have a high fever when the infection is viral.

Are fevers bad?

No, fevers are not bad. A fever is a good thing. It is your body's built-in function to kill off an infection. Fever causes can include a cold, flu or food poisoning. This is because your body tries to kill off whatever micro-organism is affecting it. Human cells can survive at a higher temperature than can a virus or bacteria, so a fever kills off the bacteria because it is too hot an environment for the bacteria to live in.

Sometimes your body goes overboard, and your fever goes too high, which can be dangerous.

Keep hydrated when you have a fever. Some people have ended up in the emergency room because they have become dehydrated when they had a fever.

What natural fever treatments are recommended?

There is a two-way approach to fevers. You want to support your immune system, which in the end will help to reduce the fever.

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You also want to manage the fever. You want it to be high enough to kill off the infection, but not too high that it will cause problems.

Natural fever remedies include:

* Hydrotherapy, which is the application of water. One of the best things you can do to manage a fever (even for a child fever, toddler fever, a baby fever or infant fever) is to give the patient a sponge bath. If you just sponge the bath water (should be at room temperature) over the patient's body, you will notice the body's temperature will naturally drop a couple of degrees. So a fever of 104 F may decrease to 102 F. This should help the fever for about 4 or 5 hours. Then if the temperature begins to rise again, you simply have another sponge bath. It's a great remedy for a fever in children.

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