How to Treat Skin Sensitivity Associated With Fever

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Having a fever is bad enough, but when it comes with achy, sensitive skin that can hardly stand to be touched, it becomes nearly unbearable. Fortunately, there are some simple, easily implemented ways to deal with this problem. If you have a serious fever, contact your doctor immediately. However, while waiting for the fever to come down or to see your physician, start dealing with the sensitive skin symptoms right away.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pack
  • Towel
  • Sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White petroleum jelly

Cool your skin with an ice pack. Your skin may be sensitive just because your body is so hot. Place an ice pack on your forehead, on the insides of your wrists, on the back of your neck or the small of your back. Any of these locations should help you cool down. You may want to wrap the ice pack in a moist towel to keep the pack from getting too cold against your skin. If you have a fevered area of skin due to an injury, ice this area if your doctor approves.

Sponge yourself down. Use a 1-to-1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and cool water. The rubbing alcohol will help cool your skin faster and should remedy some of the sensitivity as it cools.

Seal in moisture. Sometimes skin sensitivity associated with fever has to do with dryness and heat from your illness. Take a cool -- not cold -- bath. Soak for up to 20 minutes. When you get out, seal in the moisture from your dip by moisturizing your skin with white petroleum jelly. You may feel greasy, but you should also feel less sensitive.

Get plenty of rest. If your skin is irritated from your fever, the best solution is to recover from that fever as soon as possible. Stay in bed and allow your body to recuperate. Staying relaxed and inactive should also help minimize the sensitivity.

Stay hydrated. If your skin sensitivity is due partially to dehydration, simply getting enough to drink can make a major difference. When you are ill it is crucial to get plenty of fluids, including pure, plain water.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a fever, contact your physician immediately.

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