How Do I Get Relief From a Fever?

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Having a fever can be quite worrisome for you, or a loved one. Usually, the cause of a fever is a viral illness which only needs to be treated by a few simple measures, until the illness has run its course. Keeping a fever under control can help reduce the discomfort until the illness has passed.

So How Do I Get Relief from a Fever?

  • Fan Therapy – though this may seem rather simplistic, it is one of the first-line recommendations among many health care practitioners and institutions. Simply keeping a fan oscillating at a low speed on the patient can help dissipate some of the discomfort.
  • Tepid Sponging – soaking a sponge in cool water and applying it to the hot areas can offer the patient some measure of relief.
  • In addition to the previously mentioned measures, it is advisable to take 2 tablets (1g) of acetaminophen / paracetamol, every 6 hours, or less often if it is needed less often. These tablets are often sold under the brand name Tylenol or Panadol, although there are cheaper generics.
  • Seek help! While it is true that most fevers are self-limiting and run their course after a few days, if the above measure do not help, the patient’s condition worsens, or you are unsure about anything or have any additional concerns, it is advised to contact a medical practitioner or go to the Emergency Department immediately.

This advice is for general knowledge and is not a suitable substitute for professional medical advice, and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

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