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Health Tip: Managing a Fever at Home

Drink lots of fluids

(HealthDay News) -- While fever is part of the body's defense against illness, it doesn't mean having one is a comfortable experience.

To help deal with the symptoms of fever, the University of Portland suggests:

  • Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Never give a child aspirin.
  • Soak in a warm or tepid bath to help bring down a fever. Don't take a cool or cold bath.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get immediate treatment for complications of fever, such as seizure, difficulty breathing, delirium, severe headache with stiff neck, or fever of 104 degrees or higher.

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