This winter, there is another flu epidemic in the Netherlands, so many people are lying in bed with fever. “Fever is the body's reaction to anything and everything,” Mulder explains. “When you have a fever, your body raises its temperature so your immune system can work better. Fever can have many causes, but it is most common if you have a virus.
Therefore, fever is not bad at all, it is a myth. “This fever has a function, so it's a good idea to leave it there.” But it's annoying. So: Can a fever be relieved (quickly)?
Although it's not necessary, fortunately you can do something against fever. “If you have a fever accompanied by pain or a miserable feeling, it makes sense to take paracetamol,” Mulder says. Although paracetamol only temporarily relieves complaints. “It reduces the fever for a period of time, but it is not a treatment that means you will have the fever for less time.” Temporary relief is good, but how do you get rid of your high completely as quickly as possible?
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Bath or shower
You may have Googled the above question in a desperate mood. There's a good chance you'll read something about cold showers. However, the idea that cold showers lower body temperature and thus reduce fever is unfortunately also a myth. It has no effect on fever. When asked if it would be okay for you to take a cold shower during a fever, Mulder simply said, “I wouldn't do that. It also seems very uncomfortable to me.”
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