Home Remedies for a High Temperature
A high temperature is a common side effect of many illnesses and infections. When your temperature is raised, it can be especially uncomfortable.
A temperature is considered to be when someone’s body temperature is above 38 degrees celsius. Although a temperature is a sign that your body is trying to fight an infection, it can be treated at home, however, it is important that you get the underlying infection, or the cause of the temperature treated, particularly if you are dealing with babies and children as they are unable to control their body temperature as effectively as a grown adult.
It is important to know how to correctly take someone’s temperature, as this is usually a good indication of whether they are trying to fight an infection or not. There are a number of different thermometers that you can choose from, and you should be choosing the best one for your needs. Digital thermometers are accurate and very easy to use, either in the mouth, or an under an armpit, ear thermometers are again, easy to use, however it is important to ensure that they are placed in the ear correctly, otherwise the reading will not be correct. Strip thermometers should be avoided, as they do not give an accurate reading. They measure the temperature of the skin instead of the body.
You should always visit your doctor if you have a high temperature, as it important to have the cause treated, however, it is just as important to bring down your temperature too. This can be done naturally, at home. Here are just some easy ways to lower your body temperature.
Take a lukewarm bath:
You might feel hot with a temperature, and whilst it is important to cool your body temperature down, it is also vital that you do this properly. Taking a lukewarm bath is a really effective way of bringing down your temperature without shocking your body. Although this will feel pretty cool when you step into it, a lukewarm bath is much more effective than plunging your body into cold water, which is actually counteractive and dangerous.
When you get into cold water, you will send your blood rushing to all of your internal organs, which is how your body will defend itself from the cold, which will actually end up warming you up instead of cooling you down.
Take a sponge bath:
If you do not want to lay in a cool bath, having a sponge down can also be an effective way of bringing down your temperature naturally.
You should sponge high heat areas, such as your armpits and groin with cool water, which will then help to cool your body, and thus reduce your temperature as the water then evaporates.
Use cold compresses:
In the same way that a sponge bath is effective at reducing your temperature, using a cool compress will help to do the same thing.
Whilst you are resting, try and place a cold and damp washcloth on your forehead and the back of the neck for it to be the most effective.
Drink yarrow tea:
Drinking a cup of yarrow tea will help to open your pores, and promote sweating, which will then help to reduce your temperature.
Try steeping a tablespoon of this herb in a cup of freshly boiled water for ten minutes, before letting this cool and then drinking. You should try and drink one or two cups, until you start sweating.
Make some elderflower tea:
In the same way that yarrow tea promotes sweating, elderflower tea works in the same way, as well as having other health benefits.
You can easily make elderflower tea as well, by mixing two teaspoons of the herb into a cup of freshly boiled water and let it steep for fifteen minutes. Be sure to strain out the elderflower before you drink, but you should try and drink this three times a day for as long as you continue to have a fever.
Ginger tea also works in the same way, if this is more to your taste.
Eating spicy foods, such as cayenne pepper when you have a high temperature is really great. This is because one of the main components of cayenne, and turmeric, is capsaicin, which is what gives it the heat.
In the same way that the teas work, cayenne pepper will make your sweat which will help to promote rapid blood circulation and will reduce your temperature effectively.
Soak a pair of socks in cold water:
This might seem strange, but it is a really effective way of helping to reduce a high temperature. To do this treatment effectively, you should first soak your feet in hot water to warm them up. Soak a thin pair of cotton socks in cold water, and then wring them out. Put them on before you go to bed, along with a pair of dry wool socks over the top.
The reason why this is so effective is because it will help to reduce a temperature, by drawing blood to the feet, which will then help to increase the blood circulation; thus reducing your temperature.
It is so important to stay hydrated when you have a high temperature, and all too easy to become dehydrated, which will then make you feel worse. You should try and drink between eight to twelve glasses of water a day.
Sports drinks are also effective, as they will not only help to replace fluids, but also any minerals that you have lost on camp. Orange juice is also packed full of vitamin C, so are a really great choice, as it can boost your immune system, helping you to fight off any infection.
For a nice alternative, cold grapes are also great, and they provide a really soothing treat, as well as helping to keep you hydrated.