Having a fever doesn't mean you have to run to the doctor. Here are some simple ways to bring your temperature down without medicine.
Step 1: Get lots of rest Your body is running a high temperature because of an infection, so get plenty of rest. This lets your body concentrate fully on fighting the infection.
Step 2: Drink lots of fluids Drinking a lot of water – 10 8-ounce glasses a day at least when you're sick – keeps your body hydrated, and will also lower your internal temperature.
Step 3: Take a lukewarm bath Take a nice lukewarm bath. Not too hot, which could escalate the fever, and not too cold, which could shock your system. This will lower your skin temperature gradually.
TIP: Avoid cooling off the body too quickly, or you won't rid yourself of the infection your body is fighting.
Step 4: Cool washcloths Place cool – not cold – washcloths on the wrists, under the arm, on the forehead, and over the groin. Using cool, damp rags over these four key areas will slowly cool the body.
Step 5: Put damp socks on your feet While you're putting cool rags over various body parts, put a pair of cool, damp socks on your feet, with a dry pair over the top. This lets your ankles cool while still allowing you to walk around.
Step 6: Keep the home a moderate temperature Even though a person running a fever may feel cold, do not overheat the home. Instead, keep the house at a moderate temperature of 70 to 74 degrees.
Step 7: Don't wear heavy clothing A person running a fever should not wear heavy clothes or wrap themselves in heavy blankets. Doing so makes it difficult for the body to shed extra heat; instead, wear light clothing.
Step 8: Monitor the fever If these remedies don't work and a baby less than 3 months old is running a temperature of more than 101 degrees, or a child or adult's temperature is over 103 degrees, see a doctor.
FACT: Fever is also known as Pyrexia, which comes from the Greek word meaning fire.