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What is the fastest way to get rid of a fever? Answered



Aspirin is the best of the OTC NSAIDs at reducing fever, and is amazingly safe (as in, people who have deliberately tried to massively OD on aspirin have given themselves ulcers due to the acidity but survived.) If you don't like it because it isn't "natural", remember that it's just a safer version of a compound found in (among other things) willow bark.

Beyond that: The way you get past the fever is to get past whatever disease is causing the fever. Wait it out, or ask your doctor, or both.

In that case, if resting in a cool place with plenty of fluids doesn't work, go see your doctor.

Reminder: Free medical advice on the Internet isn't worth what you paid for it. I don't prescribe; my doctor doesn't write programs or work on locks.

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8 years ago

Well heck, you could always chew on some willow tree bark.

Maybe some ginger or lemon tea would help?

As I mentioned, aspirin is, essentially, a safer version of a compound found in a number of plant sources, willow bark being one of them. The natural versions tend to be rather viciously acidic.

I try to avoid resorting to pills myself, on principle,  but seriously, I think you're overreacting. Just about everything can be considered a medicine if you're using it for medicinal purposes -- vitamins, caffeine, thiobromine (chocolate), etc. Unless you have an EXTREMELY good reason for not taking aspirin (hemophilia or something on that order where a doctor has told you it isn't safe for you)  it really is the best treatment you're likely to get, and safer than most of the "natural" alternatives as well.

LOL, I'm glad you got the reference.  :)

I'm still reminded of that one line from a White Stripes song...

 starve a fever feed a cold ginger helps hot tea helps 

Don't have one ;)

A good immune system

In most cases, take a day's rest (with plenty of healthy fluids to keep you hydrated).  If it lasts seven days (or if the fever goes above 103 F [39.4 C]), you should usually contact a doctor. 

I suggest that if it last two full days or if it's constantly very close to 103 F, then it is also worth calling your regional health advisory help line or your general practitioner.  Also,  if there is also any amount of blood in your mucous, ears, vomit, urine, or waste, don't wait; get to a doctor immediately!

Ibuprofen (aka Advil), can be taken to help bring down a fever or at least reduce it, but should not be taken if you have any of the warning signs mentioned above UNTIL you have been advised to do so by a doctor.  Take the same dose you would normally take for a headache (1-2 tablets, up to four times daily).

A fever is often a sign of a flu, so unless you absolutely have no other choice, you should avoid infecting others by staying home. 

Rest, fluids, and time.  You might feel a bit more comfortable if you took a slightly cool shower (DO NOT GET TOO COLD!), or if you keep a cool damp cloth nearby and use it to wipe your forehead, chest, and neck.

Herbal treatments or any home remedies aren't something I can recommend for a fever, sorry.

It lasts as long as it does. And that's about it really.

You can go asking the rest of the internet, but you are going to find the baseless, worthless and plain wrong amongst what may be right.


.  Depends on what is causing the fever.
.  Not really a question I would trust to a bunch of DIYers. ;)