A fever is defined as having a temperature above the normal, as a response to infection caused by viruses or bacteria, such as a cold or flu. It is accompanied by symptoms such as headaches, runny nose, sore throat, sweating and sore muscles and joints. A fever is the body’s natural reaction to the infection and the annoying symptoms are actually part of the healing process. The increase in temperature is the body’s way of trying to destroy the viruses, literally by ‘cooking’ them. The runny nose is helping the body to rid itself of toxins generated by the infection. Coughing helps to expel germs from the lungs and mucus from the breathing passages. Unless the fever is severe, it is actually best to let it run its course and not try to stop it with drugs.
1. Stay Warm And Rest
Staying indoors in a warm, constant temperature and resting will help the body to fight the infection. Subjecting your body to constant temperature changes adds stress to the already overworked immune system that is trying to fight off the infection. Similarly, resting allows your body to concentrate all its resources on the job of fighting off the infection and restoring normal functioning. If you have to go out, dress warmly and try to minimize the time spent outdoors, especially if it’s cold. Try to avoid stress and strenuous physical activities.