Before you reach for medication, try the natural ways to lower the temperature that our grandmothers used. You will be surprised!
Fever is the body’s natural defense against disease and occurs when there is an infection or injury. It boosts the body’s defense mechanisms and is actually a good sign that your immune system is functioning well.
Normal body temperature varies from 36 ° C to 37 ° C, although in some people it can exceed 37 degrees if they stay in the sun for a long time. Body temperature oscillates during the day, so it is highest between 17 and 20 hours, and lowest between 3 and 5 hours. Also, the average temperature of the human body decreases with age and differs greatly from the temperature in children.
How is temperature measured?
In children and adults, the temperature is most often measured axillary, ie by placing a thermometer under the armpit, whereby the skin must be dry in order for the measured value to be realistic. Apart from axillary, it is also measured orally and rectally, most often in infants because it is the easiest way. In adults, rectal measurement is performed when inflammation of the appendix is suspected.
The temperature in adults decreases only when it exceeds 38 ° C, while it does not lower because we let the body just fight. But if it exceeds 38 and we don’t lower it, fever can have consequences like dehydration and can affect the brain.
Povišena temperatura kod djece snižava se ako je iznad 37,7 °C. Ako je temperatura rektalno izmjerena kod vašeg djeteta viša od 38,5 °C, odmah se obratite liječniku.
How to lower the temperature?
Fever occurs in both bacterial and viral infections, but the treatment is very different. Bacteria are killed by antibiotics, but they are not effective against viruses. All you can do if you have a cold or flu is to rest and drink plenty of fluids, preferably water or unsweetened tea, and if you have an appetite, eat light foods like soups that will invigorate you and speed up your recovery.
The easiest and fastest way to lower the temperature is to take paracetamol-based medications (in some cases ibuprofen), but it can also be effectively removed naturally, which is always a better choice. Here are some of the most famous that have been used in folk medicine for centuries:
Shower with lukewarm water
The old-fashioned way to lower the temperature is definitely to shower with lukewarm water. By no means is cold recommended because the body could experience shock and raise the temperature even more. Be sure to take your temperature before and after showering.
Lukewarm compresses placed on the head can also help relieve fever, but also be careful not to soak them in too cold water. When the compress heats up, turn it over to the other side. When it is warm, soak the compress again with lukewarm water and place it on your forehead.
Lowering the temperature with potatoes
Potatoes absorb heat very well, so they are one of the most effective natural remedies for lowering the temperature. Cut two to four thick slices of potatoes, lay them on the soles and put on socks. Keep them for at least half an hour or until the temperature drops. If necessary, repeat the treatment with a new round of potatoes.
You know how our ancestors say – brandy is a cure for everything! Alcohol draws out heat as well as potatoes, so it is recommended to massage it into the skin, especially on the soles, chest, the area behind the knees and the back. If you do not have brandy, medical alcohol will suffice.
Cool the rooms
When you have a fever, by no means stay in heated rooms but open a window to lower the room temperature and thus your body temperature. But don’t overdo it – if you start shivering, close the window and cover yourself.
Lowering the temperature in children
You can also lower the children’s temperature in natural ways, such as showering with lukewarm water, lukewarm compresses or potatoes, but consult a doctor about a brandy massage. Also, provide your child with plenty of fluids and cool his room. If the temperature exceeds 38.5 ° C and you are unable to lower it, be sure to contact your doctor.
If your child is sweating, change his wet clothes so that they do not catch a cold.
How to distinguish flu and cold from coronavirus?
If you have a fever and suspect coronavirus, pay attention to the symptoms. The temperature is usually accompanied by a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting, and often there is weakness throughout the body, just like with the flu.
However, sneezing, headache and runny nose, which usually occur with colds and flu, are not characteristic of coronavirus infection.
If symptoms persist for more than a week and / or if you have been in direct contact with an infected person, contact your doctor or contact a competent COVID clinic.