10 Ways to Reduce Fever from a Cold or Flu
Do you or your loved one have a fever? The good news is you probably have nothing to worry about. Fevers are extremely common and often occur due to a virus like a cold or flu, though they’re more common in people who have the flu.1,2 They usually occur when the body is working to fight an infection in order to protect itself.3–5 As with other cold and flu symptoms, a fever is a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body.
Fevers that are caused by cold viruses or flu viruses can last 3-4 days, and unfortunately, a fever—especially a high-grade fever (over 103°F)—can feel quite uncomfortable6. If you are suffering from a fever and want some relief, here are some tips for how to reduce a fever – at home or with medicine.
10 Things that Can Help to Lower a Fever
Home Remedies for Fever Symptoms
Call a doctor if your fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath or other unusual signs or symptoms.
- A cool environment
- Light clothing
- Tepid sponging
Over-the-Counter Medicines that Reduce Fever
- Dayquil SEVERE
- Nyquil SEVERE
- Sinex SEVERE All-in-One Sinus LiquiCaps™
- FluTherapy Daytime
- FluTherapy Nighttime
When to see a doctor
What you need to know about infectious disease. nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK209710/. Accessed June 9, 2020.
Chughtai AA, Wang Q, Dung TC, Macintyre CR. The presence of fever in adults with influenza and other viral respiratory infections. Epidemiol Infect. 2017;145(1):148-155. doi:10.1017/S0950268816002181
Torreggiani S, Filocamo G, Esposito S. Recurrent Fever in Children. Int J Mol Sci. 2016;17(4):448. doi:10.3390/ijms17040448
Soszyński D. [The pathogenesis and the adaptive value of fever]. Postepy Hig Med Dosw. 2003;57(5):531-554.
Moltz H. Fever: causes and consequences. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 1993;17(3):237-269. doi:10.1016/s0149-7634(05)80009-0
Flu Symptoms & Complications. CDC.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm. Accessed June 29, 2020.
Ghebrehewet S, MacPherson P, Ho A. Influenza. BMJ. 2016;355:i6258. doi:10.1136/bmj.i6258
Dimitrov S, Lange T, Gouttefangeas C, et al. Gα(s)-coupled receptor signaling and sleep regulate integrin activation of human antigen-specific T cells. J Exp Med. 2019;216(3):517-526. doi:10.1084/jem.20181169
Bertille N, Purssell E, Hjelm N, et al. Symptomatic Management of Febrile Illnesses in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Parents’ Knowledge and Behaviors and Their Evolution Over Time. Front Pediatr. 2018;6:279. doi:10.3389/fped.2018.00279
Fever in children: How can you reduce a child’s fever? nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279453/. Published 2009. Accessed June 11, 2020.
Fever in children: Overview. nih.gov. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279455/. Published 2013. Accessed June 15, 2020.
Meremikwu M& O-I-A. Physical methods versus drug placebo or no treatment for managing fever in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;2.
Purssell E. Physical treatment of fever. Arch Dis Child. 2000;82(3):238-239. doi:10.1136/adc.82.3.238
Warwick C. Paracetamol and fever management. J R Soc Promot Health. 2008;128(6):320-323. doi:10.1177/1466424008092794
Common Colds: Protect Yourself and Others. cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html. Accessed June 29, 2020.
Flu: What to Do if You Get Sick. cdc.gov. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/treatment/takingcare.htm. Accessed June 26, 2020.
Bartfai T, Conti B. Fever. ScientificWorldJournal. 2010;10:490-503. doi:10.1100/tsw.2010.50