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Check Your Symptoms - What to do for a Fever


Updated June 05, 2014

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How to Reduce a Fever Without Medication

Sick in bed with the flu.

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There are a few options if you would prefer to try to reduce a fever without medication. These may also help if medication is not reducing the fever enough.

  • Taking a bath in lukewarm water -- be sure the water is not cold, if it causes shivering, that may cause the internal body temperature to increase.
  • Cool packs or cool rags under the arms, on the forehead and in the groin area -- be sure the packs are not too cold.

What not to do:

Be sure not to wrap the person with a fever in blankets or warm clothes. Although they may feel cold, added layers will only prevent the body temperature from dropping like it should. Dress the person in one layer of comfortable clothes, provided the environmental temperature is comfortable.

Never put someone in an ice bath or use rubbing alcohol on the skin to reduce a person's body temperature. Both of these can be dangerous and are not effective means of bring down a fever.

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