When you have elevated body temperature that is higher than the normal temperature of 98.6 Fahrenheit, you have what is called a fever. Fevers can be caused by a variety of conditions, including bacterial or viral infection, sunburn and heat exhaustion. Most fevers can be treated at home. See your doctor if a fever continues more than a few days, or if it rises above 102 F in a child or 103 F in an adult.

Drink plenty of fluids, including water and fruit juices diluted with water. When you’re sick and you have a fever, there’s a good chance you’ll have no appetite. To continue to get the necessary nutrition to speed up the healing process, drink food-replacement supplements, if you can keep them down, to replace normal daily meals.

Remove excess clothing to help reduce the fever. Excess clothing may keep you too warm and hinder the fever from lowering to a normal level. One layer of clothing, along with a cool environment, will make the fever symptoms more tolerable. If you start shivering, use a light blanket.

Drink a cup of warm ginger tea. This may help reduce the effects of the fever and is a traditional remedy. Slice or grate fresh ginger and simmer it in a cup of water for two to three minutes. Add sugar or honey to sweeten. Not enough scientific evidence exists to determine the effectiveness of this method of fever reduction. Consult a physician before attempting to self-treat with herbs.

Get plenty of rest. Take the needed time off from work or school. Moving around can heat up the body, and when you have a fever, you want to make it easy for your body to cool down.

Tips

  • Take Tylenol or other fever-reducing medication containing acetaminophen.

  • Take a lukewarm bath to cool off. Discontinue the bath if you begin to shiver.