Aches, pains, chills, fevers are horrible, but they do serve a purpose. Often, we are encouraged to simply allow a fever to run its course. However, with work, school and dangerous fevers that isn't always possible. Determining what fever remedy is best for you can be confusing, but knowing what is out there and what natural alternatives are available can make that decision much simpler.
Naturally, when you are sick you get in your pajamas, get in bed and bundle up. However, when you have a fever bundling up can be counter productive to anything else you try. Dress in light clothing and if a cover is needed to be comfortable, use a light weight sheet rather than a blanket. Staying cool and giving your body room to breath and sweat is important.
When you are dealing with a fever fluid replenishment is essential. Adults should consume about 64 fluid ounces of fluid daily, especially if they have a fever. Water is fine for fluid replenishment, but if you are concerned about dehydration try Gatorade instead. If your not particularly hungry you don't have to force yourself to eat, but you must hydrate your body.
Lukewarm sponging can be beneficial to reducing a high fever. It is not necessary to actually get in to the bath tub. Actually submerging in tub can actually be quite uncomfortable and sponging off with a wash cloth is completely adequate.The most important thing to keep in mind is that the water is lukewarm, so it isn't shocking to the body.
Alternative therapies for a fever range from herbs to essential oils. Elder Flower and Ginger are excellent herbs for high fever. Elder Flower promotes sweating, so is best for a fever when you are feeling exceptionally hot. Ginger on the other hand is better for a fever that is accompanied with chills, because it has a warming effect. Herbal remedies can be administered using tea. Tea is comforting and soothing when you are sick and different herbs typically blend easily. There are many herbal teas that are good for a treating a fever. Chamomile, Peppermint, Green and black tea are just a few.
As with an ailment or symptom there are plenty of over the counter remedies one can take for a fever. Supporting your body during a fever is the most important thing to keep in mind when treating a fever. A fever is a symptom, not an illness and fevers do serve a purpose. Hydrate, rest, stay cool and you will be on the mend in no time.