Reducing a fever: calf wraps can be helpful

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Fever is a good thing. It helps the body to cope better with pathogens like viruses. It is therefore counterproductive to fight fever immediately, unless the patient is in great discomfort. Household remedies can certainly be helpful.

How to use warmth to help the body

Chills and shivering muscles are typical symptoms when the body temperature slowly begins to rise. Wrapping yourself up on the sofa with a blanket or lying in bed with a hot water bottle is the best thing to do in this case. Take care not to get overheated.

How to help the body cool down

If you want to lower the body’s temperature, calf wraps are a time-tested household remedy. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar to one litre of lukewarm water. Soak two tea towels in it, wring them out, and wrap smoothly around both calves from ankle to knee, avoiding creases. Then wrap a dry handtowel around each one. Cover yourself with a blanket and rest in bed for 10 to 15 minutes. If the fever hasn't dropped, repeat the procedure.


Heavy sweating is normal with fever. It helps the body to gradually settle back to its cooler operating temperature. Because you lose fluid in the process, drink plenty: thin broth, diluted fruit juices, water or tea. Elderberry or lime blossom teas in particular stimulate sweating.


If the fever lasts longer than a few days, it's advisable to see a doctor. Also if temperatures exceed 40 degrees in adults or 39 degrees in children. 

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