How to Lower Down Temperature Immediately?
A little fever is good to the body to act against the infective germ. However, if the fever shoots up high and for a long time, your brain starts getting fried up.
You may even have some headache, pain in the eyes and some uneasy feeling due to fever. In such cases, you need to lower down fever.
Situations Where You Need To Lower Down temperature
- High fever, more than 100 degree Fahrenheit
- Prolonged fever, lasting for 10 hours or more
- Having headache or eye pain due to fever
Deleterious Effects of Fever
High fever may cause fits or seizures. This is more common in kids. Adult brain is comparatively resistant to high fevers. These are called febrile seizures. They are mostly harmless.
They may present as jerky hand movements, leg movements or head nodding. Sometimes, the whole body trembles.
If sustained for long, it may damage localized areas of the brain for ever.
Steps to Reduce Temperature
Antipyretics are available in the market. They can be bought over the counter and are a must to be kept at home. Calculate the appropriate dosage according to age and weight.
If the patient is a child, it is better to buy the pediatric version of the medicine or to adjust the dose according to the weight and age.
Commonly available antipyretics contain acetaminophen as their salt. Many brands are available, like tynelol etc. Some aspirins and NSAIDs are also used for fever reduction. They include ibuprofen and naproxen.
Cold Compress Technique
For quick and immediate reduction in temperature, soak a cotton towel in cool water. Twist to remove excess water and apply the towel over the patient’s forehead.
You may then put in over the eyes, when closed.
Remove the towel after a minute. Soak it again in cool water and twist, to be applied again on the forehead.
Similarly, do cold compress from the peripheries, that is, hands and foot till the ankles.
You may also use it over the back and groin region.
Cold compress, when done continuously from all over the body may lower down 2 to 3 degree of core body temperature in 20 to 30 minutes.
Keep the room temperature low. You may switch on the fan or open windows to let the room temperature be low.
Heat travels from high temperature surfaces to low temperature surfaces. If you keep the room temperature low, it will get dissipated from your body into the surrounding air, helping to lower down temperature.
Keep drinking lots of water. Fevers are dehydrating. You need to have adequate amount of water to rehydrate yourself.
This includes investigating and treating the cause of fever. Fever is a symptom, caused due to some inflammation in the body.
It may be some infection, injury or other cause.