Do you or your loved one have a fever? The good news is you probably have nothing to worry about. A fever is simply a temporary rise in the body’s temperature,1 often due to an illness like the cold or flu. And like other cold and flu symptoms, it’s a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body. Unfortunately, a fever can feel quite uncomfortable, so here’s how to reduce a fever naturally and feel better fast:
4 Ways to Lower a Fever:
- Drink plenty of fluids:
Having a fever can cause fluid loss and dehydration so it’s important to drink plenty of water, juices or chicken broth. Aim for 8 to 12 glasses of water a day—enough to make your urine pale.
Activity can actually raise your body temperature so you need to rest in order to recover and reduce a fever. For an adult whose fever is 102 F (38.9 C) or lower, the recommendation is simply to rest and drink lots of fluids. Medication isn’t always necessary. (But do call a doctor if your fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath or other unusual signs or symptoms.)
- Stay cool:
Placing a cool, damp washcloth on your forehead and the back of your neck can help your fever feel better. It’s also a good idea to dress in light clothing, keep the room temperature cool and sleep with only a sheet or light blanket. You might also want to give yourself a sponge bath with cool water, focusing on high-heat areas like your armpits and groin.
- Take over-the-counter medicine:
If you have a fever associated with cold or flu, you may try an over-the-counter medication to reduce your fever. NyQuil and DayQuil temporarily relieve common cold and flu symptoms including fever. And for relief of your worst cold and flu symptoms (at night or during the day—you can take NyQuil and DayQuil SEVERE. Plus, an easy-to-use Vicks thermometer will help you keep track of your temperature so you know when you’re in the clear or when it’s best to contact your doctor.
Hopefully, you’ll now be able to reduce your fever associated with your cold or flu. For your other cold or flu symptoms, take a look at some great cold remedies and flu treatments—and get well soon!