When Fever Strikes

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Natural Remedies

When it comes to treating fever the majority of doctors and pharmacists will recommend either Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil).  I do not like nor use either one.  Surprised?  I didn’t think so.  Neither of the above drugs have been used in our house for approximately 2 years now, and that’s not because we haven’t had our share of fevers.

Acetaminophen is the most widely used pain relieving/fever reducing medication taken by people in the world.  It is metabolized primarily by the liver.   When taken in large doses or over a long period of time, toxicity can occur which will cause damage to the liver.  Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat fever and reduce pain and inflammation.  Regular use of NSAIDs will cause irritation to the stomach and is actually the second major cause of ulcers.

Ok, so let’s say the above drugs didn’t come with any side effects, will I run to our medicine cabinet the next time someone in the house runs a fever?  Highly unlikely.  By reducing fever we are not solving the main problem.  Ever notice how once the medication wears off the fever jumps back up?   Fever reducing medications simply treat the symptom, just like putting a bucket under a leaky ceiling.  Ever wonder why that ceiling is leaking or why your body is producing a fever?

So what causes fever?

When your temperature rises producing a fever, your immune system has failed to protect you from whatever illness you have.  Your body then attempts to fight because it knows something isn’t quite right.  By taking, or giving our children fever reducing medications we are actually inhibiting our body’s natural ability to fight.  Not only does fever stimulate our immune system, it also creates a ‘hot’ enough environment where many types of bacteria cannot survive.  So having a fever actually helps you get better!

What to do when fever strikes?

For the most part, nothing.  Allow the fever to run it’s course.  Plenty of fluids, rest and a tepid bath can help keep one feel comfortable during the course of the fever.  In our home, when fever strikes we load up on pure raw honey (for those over the age of 1) and organic apple cider vinegar.  Both are known for their ability to naturally fight infection and work wonderfully.

When should you worry?

There are of course instances where medical attention may be required for a fever:

1.  If the fever rises very high, very quickly

2.  Infants, especially under 3 months

3.  If the temperature rises above 104 (or above 102 in children under 3 years)

4.  If you child is acting very ill; this may also be a sign that something else may not be quite right

Our body has amazing abilities and is able to naturally heal itself if given the proper opportunity to do so.  Just give it a chance, you’ll be surprised!

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Hoda Elkassem, RPh, BSc Pharmacy, BSc Allied Health Sciences

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