How to Treat Fever and Chills


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.

How to Treat Fever and Chills
(Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Thermometer
  • Fluids
  • Aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen
Step 1

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

Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media
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.

Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media
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.

Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media
Step 4

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

Roman Rozenblyum/Demand Media

Related Searches

Tips & Warnings

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


Promoted By Zergnet


Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!