Fever-lowering with home remedies means nothing else than to lower body temperature with natural aids. These can be applied, for example, both from the inside in the form of food and from the outside in the form of cold calf rolls. All of them have in common that they are usually present in every household or are available for sale on demand. Due to their vegetable base, most foods also have few side effects compared to medicines and can almost not be dosed incorrectly. In the case of physical measures such as cooling calf rolls, the side effect profile is comparatively larger in comparison since they can lead to severe circulatory fluctuations in extreme cases.
In principle, everyone has to find out for themselves which home remedies are the best way to reduce the fever. However, it should always be the principle as little as possible and as much as necessary to manipulate your own body with measures against the fever. For example, simple measures such as clothing and bedding adapted to body temperature should be given priority over external cold application by calf wrap. The higher the fever, the more the focus should be on good circulation. In detail, this means to ensure adequate hydration and physical protection. Should the fever still lead to serious complaints, a doctor's visit should be preferred to the own application of home remedies. However, home remedies can lower the fever well. Especially with cold symptoms with fever, various teas with honey have been found to be positive because they have anti-inflammatory ingredients. Onions have a good effect on middle ear infections as onion sacs. Vegetable broth provides in influenza infections for increased supply of fluid. But also ginger shows a decongestant and antipyretic effect. In addition to food, however, physical measures are also effective as home remedies. However, with every application of refrigeration, it must be remembered that the circuit can be exposed to a stress situation due to the significant temperature difference.
The onion is a true all-rounder as a herbal remedy. When eaten, it supplies the body with vitamins, potassium and sulfur compounds, thus supporting the body's own defense. If it is applied externally in the form of an onion sac on the ear, it is the sulfur compounds - so-called sulfides - that are anti-inflammatory. In the case of a middle ear infection with fever, this would mean that the onion, applied from the outside, does not lower the fever itself but has an anti-inflammatory effect on the middle ear. However, with the decline in inflammation, the fever also recovers, so that the measure indirectly lowers the temperature. When drunk in the form of an onion suds, it provides essential vitamins and electrolytes needed to strengthen the body's defenses. Here, too, it does not lower the fever directly, but acts indirectly via the strengthening of the immune system. Therefore, the onion itself is versatile. However, their effect should not be overestimated. It should be used only for mild discomfort or supportive of other measures, as their healing power in case of emergency as the sole application is too low. However, it may be suitable for alleviating the symptoms.
Vegetable broth in fever mainly helps to alleviate the symptoms of concomitant symptoms such as sore throat. By drinking the warm broth unfolds in many affected a beneficial effect on an inflamed throat area. This in turn causes the fluid intake is facilitated and thus the fluid requirement can be met. The loss caused by, for example, increased sweating is thus reduced. By enriching with electrolytes and spices, for many it has a pleasant taste that stimulates the appetite. This has the advantage that the urgently needed energy supply in the event of illness does not come to a standstill.
The use of apple cider vinegar in fever is very questionable. The idea behind the use of fever is that the vinegar has a cooling effect when rubbed on the skin. This is explained by the evaporation of the liquid on the skin surface. What many people are not aware of is that the evaporation of the liquid film leads to dehydration of the skin and does not have a lasting positive effect on temperature regulation. Rather, an excessive counterregulation follows through the short-term cold effect, which can lead to an undesired subsequent overheating of the rubbed skin areas. In addition, sensitive skin types often react with itchy eczema to the application of apple cider vinegar to the skin.
From a medical point of view, descending baths are not recommended. Especially in high fever, the circulation of the person affected is very stressed, which is only reinforced by a full bath. The increased body temperature ensures that the vessels are widely placed in the body. The volume of blood is therefore more or less distributed graphically in the periphery of the body, so that heat can be released better via the extremities. In response to redistribution, the heart beats faster. If a fevered person lies down in a bathtub with cool water, the vessels in the periphery contract and the blood flows increasingly towards the heart. This can lead to a life-threatening overload of the heart in people with cardiac or premature disease. Therefore, the "whole-body cooling" should be reserved only for special facilities in the hospital.
Honey can be safely used in febrile diseases. Especially popular is his addition to teas for colds. He develops his anti-inflammatory effect above all through the hydrogen peroxides contained in it. They are able to attenuate pathogens and thus promote the healing process. The well-known high sugar content is also an energy source. However, it is rather negligible from a medical point of view, since the amount consumed as an additive to the tea is too low.
Ginger is used in many diseases today. In relation to the fever, it can be said that its anti-inflammatory effect weakens the fever-causing pathogens. If the pathogens are prevented from spreading, the infection does not increase and the body's own defense can better combat the pathogens. With the decline of the infection then the fever will decrease. However, the ginger is also said that it brings relief only for mild ailments. Prophylactically, however, it can be used very well at the onset of common cold symptoms.
Garlic is very similar in its effect and application of the onion. However, in contrast to onions, garlic is also credited with its own antibiotic effect. In fact, it is the ingredient "allicin". Above all, garlic acts from the inside by absorption with the food. By absorbing its constituents in the gastrointestinal tract, it supplies the body with important vitamins, electrolytes and sulfur compounds in addition to its antibiotic ingredient. You should not expect a miracle cure of garlic, however, because the concentration of the ingredients is very low. Supportive, however, they can lead to an improvement of the fever.
Fiebertees are usually available as ready-made tea blends in supermarkets or pharmacies. The herbal mixtures usually promise an antipyretic effect through the ingredients of the willow bark. For example, they are also found in the well-known Aspirin. It is the salicylates contained therein, which have anti-inflammatory and thus reduce the infection. The healing process is thus promoted and the fever goes back reactive. The concentration in teas, however, is much lower, so that the effect is also weaker compared to a tablet from the pharmacy. However, it is to be considered positive that the tea in addition to the antipyretic effect additionally helps to cover the increased fluid requirements.
Calf rolls are a very good home remedy to reduce fever. Their use should, however, be carefully chosen and the conduct of a family member monitored constantly. The principle of the calf wrap is to bring about a normalization of the body temperature by external cold application on the legs. This means that warm incoming blood is cooled by the body on the legs, and then in turn flow towards the heart. Gradually, an exchange of warm to "cooled" blood should take place, thus reducing the perceived high body temperature as a burden. However, this method works only when the cooling is done gently. The temperature difference between calves and body temperature should be chosen according to age. For adults, it is recommended to use lukewarm water for calf wrapping, while in infants the water temperature should be about 3 ° C colder than body temperature. If the temperature difference is too great, the burden on the circulation is immense and can lead in the worst case to circulatory failure. However, if the temperature of the calf wrap gradually reduced from winding to winding, no serious incidents are observed in the rule.
In children, a sufficient fluid intake is the best home remedy for fever. Thus, especially the taste of the child decides which drink should be offered more in case of fever. Tees with honey are particularly good as they are not too sugary. Lemonades and heavily sweetened juices should be avoided, as their high sugar content leads to additional dehydration in addition to the elevated temperature. With the increased fluid intake, the circulation is stabilized and supports the self-healing of the body. A balanced diet promotes this process. Garlic and onions are usually not tolerated in the form of a brew due to their strong taste and smell, but can be used in suitable form. If the fever is very severe, calf wrapping in children of kindergarten and school age is a good way to reduce the fever non-medically. Here, however, it is important to monitor the winding and to gradually lower the temperature.
With babies one should be very careful with home remedies against fever. In general, fever speaks for a functioning immune system and is therefore first to be regarded as a natural reaction. The increased body temperature exceeds the heat resistance of the pathogens and kills them with it. The fever should therefore only be lowered if a baby suffers from significant symptoms. Typical of severely impaired babies is a noticeable drowsiness and drinking laziness. If the fluid intake decreases significantly, a doctor should be consulted immediately and the use of home remedies should be avoided. In mild cases, however, the use of herbal remedies should be avoided, as babies are often very sensitive to the ingredients and allergic reactions may be triggered. It is best to use physical measures, but these should be done in moderation. The best thing to do is to wear appropriate clothing. When the peak of the fever curve so light clothing should be selected and sweaty after a fever interval sweaty clothes are changed. This is the best and least active measure besides a sufficient fluid intake. Calf wrappings should only be made after doctor's agreement. In very small babies, for example, they are not suitable because the area for the heat transfer to the calves is much too small.