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Fever: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!
Fever: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!

This is day 6 of #BlogchatterA2Z and as “F”, I am excited to share useful information about another common disease, its causes and homeopathic treatment.  

As “F”, I am talking about fever? What is fever? What are the causes and other associated symptoms of fever? What is the homeopathic treatment for fever? Read the post to know more! 

What is Fever? 

The normal body temperature range is 97 to 99 F. when body temperature goes above the 100 F or higher is considered as a fever. Fever itself is not a disease, it is more a symptom of any underlying disease or cause. It is usually a response of body’s defense mechanism to fight off the infections (bacterial, viral or other). Fever is a sign to indicate that your body’s immune system is working well to protect against infections. 

Usually, fever is a self-limiting condition and did not require any specific treatment. Expert suggested to not take medications to suppressing the fever during initial stage, as this is body’s natural system to flush out toxins and make body healthy in a natural way.  

Pathology of fever (how fever symptoms develop?) 

The part of brain that regulate normal body temperature is called “Hypothalamus”. When due to any reasons (like bacterial or viral infections), body get infected, the hypothalamus shifts the set points of normal body temperature upwards. And because of this change we feel chilled and may start shivering as a protective mechanism to generate more body.  

Fever grades 

Different stages of fever
different stages of fever

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Usually, it is divided in to three grades: 

  • Low grade fever >98.6-100.4-degree F 
  • Moderate grade fever 100.4-degree F-102.2-degree F 
  • High Grade fever >102.2-degree F 

Causes of fever 

Causes of fever
Causes of fever

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There is long list of disease conditions that can cause “Fever” as a prominent symptom. Such as: 

  • As a result of viral infections causing cough-cold and flu.  
  • Bacterial infections like streptococcus causes fever. 
  • Urinary tract infection also causes fever 
  • Sinusitis  
  • Ear infection  
  • Inflammatory bowel disease also causes fever 
  • Gastroenteritis (gastric infection) also causes fever. This type of fever is usually associated with other gastric symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  
  • Heat exhaustion and heat stroke causes high grade fever.  
  • Respiratory diseases like tuberculosis and bronchitis also causes fever.  
  • Typhoid, malaria and other topical disease conditions causes fever as main symptom. 
  • Certain inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis causes fever.  
  • Covid 19 infection causes fever as main symptom 
  • Side effect of certain medications including some antibiotics and anti-seizure medicines. 
  • After certain vaccination and immunization, fever develops as a minor side effect.  
  • Teething (in infants) 

Symptoms  

Here are some common symptoms that is associated with fever.  

  • High body temperature 
  • Severe headache  
  • Bodyache 
  • Shivering and chills 
  • Sweating (in third stage of fever) 
  • Stiffness and/or pain in joint (in case of rheumatic fever and rheumatic arthritis)  
  • Minor cough, runny nose and other respiratory symptoms (if it is caused by viral infections) 
  • Gastric symptoms nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (if caused by gastric infections)  
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Weakness  
  • Dehydration (in some cases, when fever is associated with diarrhea)  
  • Mental confusion and delirium (if high grade fever is present)  

Diagnosis 

The diagnosis of fever is usually made on the basis of clinical symptoms and general physical examination. For making a proper diagnosis, it is very important to know the cause of fever. On the basis of other associated symptoms (like gastric symptoms in case of gastric infection), doctor make a proposed diagnosis and confirm it by other diagnostic measures like blood test, X-rays or Ultrasonography (USG). 

Warning signs 

Here are some warning signs that indicate to take immediate professional medical care for treating fever symptoms.  

  • Presence of high-grade fever (above 104 F) in both children and adults 
  • Fever in infants (above 100 F) require immediate medical attention.  
  • When there is development of neurological symptoms (like stiffness in neck, drowsiness and severe headache) occur along with fever.  
  • When person is suffering from any chronic lifestyle like heart disease or kidney disease.  
  • Patients with history of HIV (AIDS) infection or suffering from cancerous condition.  
  • Fever in pregnant women 
  • When fever symptoms did not respond to routine at home treatment and symptoms get worse day by day.  
  • Fever is accompanied by serious signs of infections in other parts of body (like urinary tract infection) 
  • When there are signs of dehydration appears (usually in case of gastric infections) along with fever. 

Home care tips for treating fever symptoms 

Mostly, fever is a symptom of common viral infections and associated with common cough, cold and flu symptoms. Viral fever is a self-limiting disease condition and did not require any specific treatment except some home care measures such as: 

  • Take proper rest 
  • Maintain a good level of hydration by taking fluids (juice, soups) 
  • Dress comfortably 
  • Cool down with wet compresses (if fever is high)  
  • Consume easy to digest diet such as soup and other warm drinks  
  • Take steam if fever is associated with respiratory symptoms like blockage of nose.  
  • Check fever frequently to know the progression and regression of symptoms  
  • Take immediate professional medical help if symptoms get worse and did not response well to home care measures.  

Homeopathic treatment of fever 

Homeopathy is one of the best options to treat mild fever symptoms at home. Here are some excellent remedies that work great in treating fever conditions.  

Aconite 

Aconite 30
Aconite 30

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 when there in sudden onset of fever and caused by exposure to cold dry wind. Also, there is restlessness and mental anxiousness are pre-dominant symptoms. Aconite is suitable for first 24 hours (initial stage of inflammation) of fever or any other inflammatory conditions like cough, cold.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day.  

Belladona 

Belladona 30c
Belladona 30

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belladonna is “Homeopathic anti-inflammatory medicine. It works great in treating fever that is associated with red face, throbbing headache and other inflammatory symptoms.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Arsenic album 

Arsenic album 30
Arsenic album 30

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Arsenic is excellent remedy for gastric fever. When fever is caused or associated with other pre-dominant gastric symptoms such as burning in stomach, nausea and vomiting.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Gelsemium 

Gelsemium 30
Gelsemium 30

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it is great remedy for slow grade fever, when fever is present with 3 classic symptoms “Dullness, dizziness and drowsiness”. Patient feel extreme weakness and have a constant desire to lying down.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Bryonia alba

Bryonia alba 30
Bryonia alba 30

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 Bryonia is a great remedy for fever associated with severe bodyache. when patient want to lying down on bed and any kind of motion or activity aggravate his disease condition, bryonia works best. There is also an intense thirst for cold water at short interval. It is also a suitable remedy for fever associated with arthritis or other joint pain conditions.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Rhus tox 

Rhus tox 30
Rhus tox 30

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Rhus tox is another great remedy for fever. It also has symptoms of bodyache and joint pain but in this condition, patient want to move constantly to relive her symptoms. Rhus tox also work great for fever caused by getting wet in rain.  

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Eupatorium perf 

Eupatorium perf
Eupatorium perf

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it is a good remedy for treating malarial fever that is associated with bone pain and severe bodyache 

Dose: 30 c potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. 

Homeopathic combination for treating fever 

SBL bio chemic combination no. 11 (Pyrexia) 

Bio chemic combination no. 11 ( Pyrexia)
Bio chemic combination no. 11 (Pyrexia)

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It is a good combination medicine and generally covers all mild febrile conditions. It contains Ferrum phos 3X, Kali mur 3X, Kali sulph 3X, Naturm mur 3X, and Naturm sulph 3X.  

Dose: 4 tablets, 3-4 times a day. For children, use half of the adult dose.  

Special note 

Apart from SBL’s bio chemic combination, there are various homeopathic combination medicines like ferrocin are available on homeopathic stores. But do not use these combination medicines without medical supervision. These combinations did not consider safe for “Self-medication”.  

Preventive medicine for fever 

if you or someone in your family suffer from repeated viral fevers and other flu symptoms, then you can use influenzinum 1 M as a preventive medicine to control repeated infections.  This medicine can be used once in 15 days for 3 months for reducing tendency of fever and other influenza symptoms.  

Influenzinum 1 M
Influenzinum 1m

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Note: Avoid treating high grade fever (that stay longer than 1 week) with homeopathy or other home remedies. Take immediate professional medical treatment to treat long duration fever.  

So, this is all for now.  

Hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  

as “G”, I will talk about “Gingivitis and its homeopathic treatment”. stay tuned to know more.

Read the previous posts of the series here: 

A: Acidity: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment  

B: baby colic : causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

C: Common childhood injuires: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

D: Diarrhea: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z Challenge

Disclaimer: the post is written for educational purpose only. did not intend to cure, treat or diagnose any disease condition. always consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your medication or starting any new medication.

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19 Comments

  • Navita Bhatia

    What a detailed description once again and liked that infographic. Keeping notes of your recommendations everyday. I remember using Belladona and Arsenic Album as a treatment to fever, in my childhood. Had lost touch with homeopathy few years back. You are inspiring me to get back to it once again.

  • Varsh

    I’ve observed some medicines repeated for multiple ailments. Its so convenient and advisable to stock them at home. Low and moderate fever can easily be treated at home.

  • Miss Andi

    Very extensive summary, with saving, thank you! As a child, I remember I had once what you categorised as “very high fever”, my mum put me in a bath and made it colder and colder. I would hate it but I was in such a fog of this fever that i didn’t object. It was close to an out-of-body experience, even now thinking back I’m seeing it as an outsider.

  • Pr@Gun

    Is there a way to keep your posts on emergency call like on phone. Very very useful information you are sharing and really thankful for this. Fever is very common ailment, my first aid kit always contains arsenic album and no. 11 pyrexia tablets. The cold water sponges also help in fever. Thanks for sharing symptoms and warning signs too.

  • Harjeet Kaur

    My daughter from the beginning used to get very high fever especially if her throat was infected. Her pediatrician used to advise me to give her a cold shower every time.Even the other day she took the vaccine and had 103 fever.. I asked her to take a shower and the fever came down. Is it advisable or no?

    • Wizardencil

      This is an important post. As a child we always had Belladonna at home. God knows when we started drifting from homeopathy and never restocked them. Will soon restock all these important medicine

      • Imagemakeover

        Belladona.. Yes I have it and my mom had it too when we were kids. I follow all the home care tips mentioned by you. I love the way you shared your post with so much of detailing and precision.

  • MommyShravmusings

    You know, I was searching for the word Belladona as soon as I opened your post. I used to like the taste of Belladona so much that I used to pretend having fever. My dad always keep asking me how could I differentiate the Belladona taste. Some how I took fancy to these pills.

  • Radhika Jindal

    Thanks for sharing such an insightful blog. I always wonder how does it occur. Now i got to know about it and how to deal with the same. i always end up taking pills which are not good for health but now I’ll try taking the medicines as mentioned by you

  • Archana

    Fever the most alarming word in the Covid19 season. Another informative post. Thank you Surbhi for making us aware of different categories of fever and causes along with suggested medicines. I can see a budding handy book on Homeopathic treatment is going to spot a place in bestseller books!

  • romagptasinha

    I know homeopathy is the safest medicine dear but is it fine if we self mediate because I feel its the combinations that you doctors choose as per our symptoms make all the difference, just asking out of curiosity love

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