Colds and flu

Updated 05 October 2017

How to break a flu fever

It's winter and it's flu time. If you're lucky, you won't be affected this year. But in case the flu does hit you, make sure you know how to break the fever.

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It's winter and it's flu time. If you're lucky, you won't be affected this year. But in case the flu does hit you, make sure you know how to break the fever.

Take action:

Adults who are running a fever can do the following:

- take paracetamol to reduce a fever of 40°C or higher;
- drink plenty of water or rooibos tea;
- for a temperature of above 40°C, bathe or sponge your skin with lukewarm (not cold) water , as evaporation will have a cooling effect;
- remain at home and rest;
- remove extra layers of clothing;
- consult a doctor if the fever persists or when the fever is accompanied by a stiff neck, confusion, lack of energy or difficulty waking.

Read more: Flu and children

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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