Should you cover up with a blanket when you have fever? (and other questions)

Should you cover up with a blanket when you have fever? (and other questions)

Do you often pop an antibiotic for fever? BIG MISTAKE!

Written by Poorva Chavan |Updated : November 27, 2015 12:54 PM IST

Fever is a common condition and most of us have our own way of dealing with it. From trying out natural remedies to treat fever to resorting to medicines, we leave no stone unturned to get rid of the annoying ailment. But many a times, we follow ways that can actually worsen the fever. Here are a few myths and facts associated with fever.

MYTH-- My body feels warm, I have a fever.

FACT-- Our body temperature varies throughout the day and that is why, at times, our body feels warm. The normal body temperature is 37oC or 98.6o Fahrenheit and can range up to 37.8oC or 100o F. Body temperature above these temperatures is considered to be a fever.

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MYTH-- You should pop antibiotics to combat fever

FACT-- Antibiotics do not help reduce fever, actually consuming them just for fever can actually worsen your condition. You should pop antibiotics only if you have any bacterial infections like a strep throat. Antibiotics, along with killing the diseases causing bacteria, also kill the essential bacteria in your stomach and this can affect digestion and also cause acidity. Antipyretics on the other hand, are 'fever medicines' and help lower your fever. Common antipyretics include paracetamol, salicylates like aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, nabumetone.

MYTH-- Bundling up or covering myself with a blanket when I have a fever will help me sweat and bring down the fever.

FACT-- Even if bundling up during a fever will make you feel comfortable, there are high chances that your body temperatures might rise even more.

MYTH--Feed a cold, starve a fever.

FACT- This too is a myth. Starving during any condition is bad, your body will have no energy to fight off infections if you don't eat anything. It is important that you drink plenty of fluids like warm soups and water but avoid sports drinks and sodas. Also, avoid eating food that is hard to digest and stay away from spicy and oily food. Here are all things you should eat during a fever.

MYTH-- Placing an onion slice in my sock will help me get rid of my fever.

FACT-- Many people place onion slices under the sole of their feet or put onion slices in their socks and claim that their fever has been cured. But there is no scientific proof that onions 'absorb' fever and that this technique actually helps.

MYTH-- I have fever, I shouldn't eat curd.

FACT-- When you are on fever medicines, there are high chances that all you gut microbiota gets disturbed. Curd is a good source of probiotics and can help replenish all the lost microorganisms in your gut. However, if you are suffering from a strep throat or a cold, it is best to avoid curd as it can aggravate these conditions. Find out if eating curd with antibiotics is a good idea.

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