ZocdocAnswersWhat's the best way to make a fever go down?

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What's the best way to make a fever go down?

Got sick and have a fever. What's the best way to make it go down? Do you just have to wait for a fever to go away on its own or is there a way to make it better?

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I am sorry that you are not feeling well and have a fever. While there are ways to decrease the fever at home, you should follow up with your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms, perform an examination, and any testing necessary looking for the etiology of your fever. A fever on its own is not dangerous and does not itself have to be treated. However, fevers can be a sign of infection and can make a person feel worse during an illness. To ensure that there is no harmful infection or other etiology for your sickness and fever, you primary care physician should evaluate and examine you. If there are no worrisome features, then you can take care of your illness at home. The fever will go away on it's own once the infection or virus clears. Nevertheless, if you are feeling ill and the fever makes you feel worse or more fatigued, it can be treated with anti-pyretic (fever reducer) medications. The two main kinds of medications are acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Both of these medications work well to help decrease a fever and improve symptoms of pain and occasionally inflammation (ibuprofen works on inflammation). Cool wash clothes can also help you feel better from your high temperature. Again, you should follow up with your doctor to evaluate for possible worrisome features and to make sure you have no contraindications to Tylenol or ibuprofen.

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