Water Education - Water and Health

Drinking Water is the Best Cure for Fever

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Fever is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of many ailments. There are also many side effects of a fever, like dehydration, that can cause even more damage to the body.

When one has a fever, despite the discomfort, it is a good thing- it means the body is fighting off an illness or infection. Our immune system is our natural defense and creates a fever to fight off infection. The normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees, although children often have higher temps than adults. Most people can tolerate a fever of 103 degrees for a short period of time. Most fevers will last three to four days. However, if there are other symptoms along with the fever, it could mean something else. If the fever symptom remains for more than 5 days or does not respond to medications, you should seek medical attention. When one has a fever, he may feel tired, have lower energy, and may not eat as much. Symptoms include sweating, chills, muscle aches, and shivering.


Contrary to what you may think, it is not recommended that you try to cool off when experiencing a fever. This is because the body raises the temperature to fight off bacteria that thrive in a cool environment. Think about all the times you weren't sure if the meat you were preparing was removed of all bacteria when you said to yourself, "It'll die when I cook it." Having a fever is a similar concept. However, if you truly want to cool down and get a little more comfortable, the best thing to do while inflicted with a fever is to take a lukewarm shower. It is okay to raise the temperature a little until you are comfortable. It is not recommended to use ice to cool the body! Also, wearing light and airy clothes will help you remain comfortable. Be sure not to wrap the person with a fever in blankets or warm clothes. Although they may feel cold, added layers will only prevent the body temperature from dropping as it should.

The Importance of Water

If you’re running a fever, your temperature will deplete vital water from your cells. That is why it is important to keep the body fluids flowing. If you are sweating profusely, vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea, you might be experiencing abnormal fluid loss. These are symptoms that can lead to dangerous levels of dehydration and which means you will need to drink more water to replenish the body.

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