Fever Compress when Body Temperature Increases
Fever can be experienced by everyone regardless of age. So that the body feels more comfortable when a fever strikes, as well as to help lower body temperature, a fever compress can be one way that can be done.
Naturally, the body has a defense system that is able to provide resistance to bacterial or viral infections. When this “war” in the body occurs, our body will experience a rise in temperature, aka fever. The body is said to have a fever if its temperature rises to more than 38 degrees Celsius.
Apart from the response of the body’s defense system to bacterial or viral infections, fever can also be caused by excessive sun exposure, immunization, side effects of certain drugs, or autoimmune diseases.
Fever compresses, which are allowed and those that are not
Fever is often not caused by something dangerous and will subside by itself after a few days. Even so, increased body temperature can make the body feel unwell. To relieve it, you can do a fever compress.
Placing a wet cloth on the forehead, neck, armpits, or groin area is a common technique used to reduce body temperature when running a fever. All you have to do is dip the fabric in plain water (not too cold or hot), squeeze it, then put the wet cloth over the skin. Remember, do not use ice cubes or ice packs.
This compress method can only temporarily reduce body temperature, not treat the cause that causes fever. Therefore, fever can reappear sometime after the compress cloth is removed.
In addition to fever compresses using cold water, fever can also be relieved by taking a warm bath. During a fever, you are advised not to bathe in cold water, because a cold shower will make you shiver and actually raise your body temperature.
You can also cool the body by wearing only one layer of clothing and blankets. If the room is hot or stuffy, turn on the fan.
Conditions that must be checked by a doctor
Generally, a fever can recover on its own in a few days. But if the fever does not go away or is accompanied by other complaints, you need to be vigilant. Contact your doctor immediately if the fever is accompanied by the following symptoms:
There is a rash on the skin.
There is burning, burning, or pain when urinating.
Rarely or not urinating at all.
Indigestion, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
Pain in the back area.
The heartbeat feels faster.
Shortness of breath or chest pain when breathing.
Lips, skin and nails are blue.
Unbearable headaches and stiff neck.
There was a seizure.
Decreased consciousness or coma.
Similarly, if the fever lasts for more than 3 weeks, the fever does not go away after taking a fever-lowering drug, or the temperature is very high (more than 40 degrees Celsius).
Basically, fever compresses only temporarily relieve fever and make the body more comfortable. This action is not the main treatment step. Therefore, you are still encouraged to see a doctor if you have a fever.