How to Treat Fever and Chills


Things You'll Need

  • Thermometer
  • Fluids
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen

Chills, according to Medline Plus, "often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in the body's core temperature." When your body temperature increases higher than 98.6, you have a fever. WebMD defines a fever as "the body's normal and healthy reaction to infection and other illnesses, both minor and serious. It helps the body fight infection." When your body is fighting an infection, there are a few things you can do to help yourself feel better.

Step 1

Take your temperature using a thermometer. You can measure your temperature in many locations, including your mouth, ear, armpit and rectum.

Step 2

Drink extra fluids. It is important to stay hydrated when you have a fever. Dehydration leads to dizziness and weakness and could become a medical emergency.

Step 3

Take a warm bath or shower to reduce shivering. Shivering occurs when your body is trying to increase its temperature, so a warm bath or shower may help warm you and decrease your shivering.

Step 4

Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen according to the manufacturer's directions.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If your fever lasts for more than three days, or remains above 103 degrees, seek professional medical assistance.


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