As a matter of principle, an elevated body temperature means that the body's defences have been activated. It does not necessarily have to be reduced. However, if you find that you can't sleep, reducing your fever may lead to improved sleep.
Please note: Fever-reducing medications can sometimes lead to heavy sweating. You should therefore put on sweat-absorbent clothing and avoid draughts.
- Drugs which contain paracetamol are the best way to lower an elevated temperature or fever (by a maximum of 0.5 to 1°C), relieve pain and feelings of pressure in the head, and reduce aches and pains.
- Cold teas containing lime blossoms or elderberry blossoms can encourage sweating and lower the body temperature.
- At night you should wear thin, sweat-absorbing pyjamas and use a thin bedspread if you have a high temperature or fever. The room temperature should not be too high, and the air should not be too dry (see general measures).
- A few drops of products containing peppermint oil can be applied to the forehead and temples and may help to relieve headaches.