5 tips for managing a fever
A fever means your body's fighting a cold, the flu, or another infection. But you can help make the battle as easy as possible. To manage your fever, try these tips:
- When you first notice it, rest. Being active makes your body heat rise. When you've got a fever, activity brings your body temperature up even higher. Help your body recover ─ and avoid becoming dehydrated or getting heatstroke ─ by taking it easy until your fever comes down.
- Remember to drink, lots. Sweating is your body's natural cooling system, so staying well hydrated (with things like water or chicken soup) is extra-important.
- Eat healthy foods. Nutrients and fluids can help boost your immune system ─ and the healthier you are when you have a fever, the quicker you'll get over it.
- Dress light. Bundling up too much can make it harder to reduce a fever. If you have chills, try wearing a single, light layer and using one lightweight blanket.
- If your temperature's over 103°F, let your doctor know. You may have the flu or another infection, so get checked out to be sure.
Also, make sure to wash your hands often ─ it can help you avoid colds, flu and the fevers that might come with them. Try to keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth, too.