Do you take a bath when you are not feeling well or have a fever?
October 29, 2008 10:52pm CST
Hello my fellow myLotters! Do you take a bath when you are not feeling well or have a fever? I usually take a hot shower when I have a cold. This usually makes me feel better. On the other hand, I prefer to take a rest when I have a fever as taking a bath makes it worse for me. How about you?
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30 Oct 08
Hi walts, I believe cold shower would cool down our body temperature so I usually will take cold water shower as usual even if I’m having fever. But I have to make sure that the water is not too cold for me. I’m afraid that the too cold water would make the illness worse. Other than taking medicine the doctor given, and having bath I always use a cold tower as well to wipe the body of my kid when he is having fever, especially on the parts in the neck, armpit and back. posting and take care.
30 Oct 08
Hello lkbooi. My girlfriend also does that when she has a fever. As for me, just like your kid, I prefer to take a spongebath and make sure that I clean parts of the body where it is most likely to have heat trapped. Thanks for your reply. Happy posting and take care! :)
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31 Oct 08
I guess taking a bath really helps when some has a fever since it can reduce the body temperature. Taking a shower bath can also condition our body temperature since our body reacts or get awaken when we take a shower. Just take a bath not for a long time so as not to have your pores open and make you feel chilly.
30 Oct 08
I sometimes have a shower when I have the flu, and my nose is really really REALLY blocked. I find a nice warm shower soothes my aches and also clears up my sinuses and head. But when I get out, I run a face washer soaked in ice cold water over my forehead to lower my body temperature a little bit.
30 Oct 08
If I am very ill usually I will just lie down after I had my medicine. I will cover myself with a blanket and go to sleep. After a couple hours of good sleep usually I will feel much better. This is the most suitable time when I will take a hot shower and after the shower I feel much better because my body is clean and all. But based on my own experience, one or two hours after I take my bath the fever will come again. So this is normal and I will eat something and then take my medicine and lie down again. In other words, I will repeat the same process again. When I get up and take a second hot shower I will feel a lot more better. The next day I will often feel a lot better and I am able to get up from bed and do my chores as usual. As a conclusion, yes a hot shower really helps to reduce my fever, besides the usual fever medicines.
30 Oct 08
Hello ladysurvivor. Thanks for your reply. The last I tried that, my fever got worse to the point that my body felt heavy and I can't move a single muscle. I would take an occasional sponge bath to make myself clean. I do admire your resiliency! Happy mylotting!
30 Oct 08
for me taking a bath when you have fever or colds isnt advisable. My parents is very particular and careful about us not playing with water or taking a bath especially when we have headache coz it can only trigger the pain and makes you feel more bad. But after i get married and when im sick my husband tried to ask me to take shower to lower my body temperature especially if he put his plam on my forehead and its hotter than usual.But i always refused to do it coz i didnt try and i was used to just lay down in bed and take medecine and not touch water . But i dont really know what effect it has if it really helps.Im just afraid to try it
24 Aug 10
Hi walts178! As a physician i would like to make a few suggestions. First of all-as everybody might already know- fever is body's way of fighting infections. it is unpleasant to have fever and nobody can tolerate it for long. so we take medicines to lower the temperature but simultaneously we take antibiotics or vitamins and rest to help our body fight against infection.If the temperature rises above say 105 degree F the brain cells start getting injured and the patient starts behaving abnormally. Thus it is mandatory that we do not allow the body temperature to rise that much. so we give a sponge bath or proper bath to the patient. if the temperature is lower than 102 F we can first try antipyretics ( paracetamol/acetaminophen ). if the temperature doesnt come down or rises- in such cases we advice sponge baths.Milder temperatures (say 99-100 F)can be treated with antipyretics and if the patient feels like taking a bath there is no restrictions, he/she can go ahead an take a shower. but one should avoid staying wet for long as he/she might catch up cold and worsen his/her fever. So for low grade fevers its a personal choice whether u want/wish to take a shower or not. but if its more than a couple of days u should definitely clean urself up (with sponge bath or shower whichever is convinient according to ur physical strength). There are no rules!! hope i was of some help. take care. stay healthy!!