How To Assist A Fever In Healing
There will probably be few times in your life when you ever need to give any medication for a fever. When I was growing up people rushed with medications to get the bodies temperature down, but that is not the case anymore. A fever is the bodies way of fighting some kinds of infections that it cannot handle by other means. Various bacteria or other organisms cannot live in elevated temeraptues and this is a technique the body uses to kill them off.
That is quite amazing don’t you think? The intelligence of the body continually stuns me.
Personally, throughout my life I’ve found it to be true that is is best to let the feve run its course. Apparently a fever is a problem if it gets over 104 degrees F for very long. I suppose that upper number is a bit debatable, but it’s the one I’ve used. Actaully I’ve never had, or seen anyone who had a fever higher than that.
I have also used this principle of fever to help heal in localized areas. When I am getting a bit of a sore throat I’ll wear a neck wrap to help elevate the temperatures in that area. The idea is to help create a fever in that specific area of the neck and throat. It does help.
Another thing that I’ve found immensely helpful with fevers (or even before you get that sick) is to take a very hot bath or spend time in a hot tub. The principle here is that I am assisting my body to warm up. I am using the heat of the water to help elevate my overall temperature. If your body has to create all the heat of a fever by itself, it takes a lot of energy. Which is quite draining at a time when you really need it the most. Having an external source of warmth aids the healing process by reducing the workload of getting your temperature up.
Just last week my daughter started getting the beginning of flu symptoms (achy muscles, slight fever, cranky temperament). I went with her to hot tub (a good hot bath would have also done the trick). We soaked together for a good long time (you always know when it’s time to get out). By the time we returned to the house she was back to her happy perky self.
I would say that hot tub treatment works about ninety percent of the time.
We do have the luxury of a hot tub. Actually, I don’t think of it as a luxury but a necessity. When we came onto the land we built the rainwater collection system first. And the second thing we put in was the hot tub. An active homesteading life puts a lot of wear and tear on muscles and bones. A good soak in hot water helps immensely with the day to day aches and pains.
At the moment our hot tub is powered by the grid, and yes, we are always thinking about how to do it without the power companies help. The good news is there are are several options for getting a good hot bath off grid. I am kicking myself for not getting you some footage of a simple and inexpensive hot tub I saw recently. But I tell you what, I’ll surf around YouTube and find a good vid on the subject and get it to you soon. Or if you’ve got a link, let me know and post it in the comments section down below.