Is it okay to take a bath while having a fever?

@grayxenon (1307)
Philippines
May 15, 2010 4:39am CST
traditional parents and those who are superstitious will not allow me back then to take a bath while i am sick (flu, or cold) or with fever. how about you personally do you take a bath while on fever or having a flu? now that I am an adult i take a bath even when flu or colds as long as i feel i can handle the drops of water..
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• Philippines
15 May 10
im on the same page - it does not matter to me if i have fever. i felt cooler after taking a bath that i consider it to be healing. it might be greater when i have someone sharing the bath.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
15 May 10
haha, i can conserve water..according to my t-shirt its print says "conserve water, shower with friend"..hehe
• Philippines
15 May 10
what friend? a boy one? be specific please..
16 May 10
no, its not ok to take a bath when you have fever, the effects will be felt later on when you are already old, believe me
@daliaj (5689)
• India
2 Jun 10
We also have the belief in my place that we are not supposed to take bath when we have fever. Somtimes parents allow children to take bath in hot water without taking head bath. Head bath is completely not allowed during fever time. I don't know if it is scientifically proved. But, we have been following this for many generations. Also, there is a belief that we should not eat icecream when we have a sore throat. I don't think there is no scientific fact behind that.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
7 Jun 10
we have a very similar traditions and beliefs when it comes to fever and flu, no ice cold drinks, ice candy or anything cold..even watching TV is not allowed,hehe i always question my grandma way back then.
@catalyser (531)
• Malaysia
15 May 10
Taking bath while having a fever is actually a good idea. It would cool you down because as we all know, fever increases our body temperatures. High body temperatures could cause seizures and brain damage. The notion that we are suppose to wrap ourselves with blankets in order to 'sweat it out' is completely wrong
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
15 May 10
so true,..thanks for sharing.
• India
15 May 10
You can take bath but be carefull as if u have fever due to pneumonia or maleria then u might catch cold and it may increase.
• India
16 May 10
Cool bath his not healthy you have to take a warm water bath and that to very short period of time. As others said you may get cold or any other type of fever related to water. You have to take extra care not to stay in water long time . You take a body wash using towel soaking in water . if u have not taken bath for more than two days of fever you wash the body it will be fresh and you can be away from germs.
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
15 May 10
I usually take a bath when I have a fever. It really helps me cool down. But I heard somewhere that sometimes its not good. Fever is one of our body's defense mechanism on fighting "alien" organisms inside our body. It could be a bacteria, virus, etc. Our body is trying to kill by increasing our body temperature. So if we decrease our temperature by taking a bath then it is possible that they will survive. So our fever will just return after taking a bath. So I don't take a bath again when my fever returned.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
15 May 10
the notion is also that when we have fever, it also works against us not the bacteria or infection alone, so we try to level down out temperature so as not to obtain other damage brought about by fever like brain damage seizure etc..
• Norway
15 May 10
hehe, i have parents just like that=p Mine are traditional filipinos so my mom wouldn't want me to take a shower while i have a fever because it can become even worse. Which is true... However, you always feel nice after a warm bath and you get to feel clean which is why i always like taking a relaxing bath even though i have a fever. I live alone too, so i don't follow all those folktales that i learnt when i was little but some i still believe in if you know what i mean
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
15 May 10
haha, no wonder we are from the same nation who value superstitions than modern science especially on the country side.
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
24 Feb 11
I'm not a doctor and maybe you really should ask one to know for sure but I heard and I do that, that taking a bath is actually good. I got better after many showers dear, I think really it's a good thing, but again I'm not 100% sure, be careful.
@reploid (1239)
• France
24 Feb 11
I take a two baths everyday, with cold, flu or not. The only difference is that when I got flu, I bath with hot water.
@dorannmwin (36611)
• United States
5 Jan 11
When I was a child, my parents would always put myself and/or my siblings into the bathtub when we had a fever. They said that the reason that they did that was because it would help to modify our body's temperature to a more normal temperature. For that reason alone, I think that it is okay to take a bath when you have a fever. Now that I'm a mother with two children of my own, I will put them in the tub when they have a fever as well.
• India
11 Nov 10
Hello i just can't say it is okey or not, but i always take a bath in the morning and shower before going to bed as usual, whether i am having fever or illness of any kind.. During fever i sweat a lot, this makes me feel uncomfortable totally, the bath and shower makes me feel ok and have a nice sleep.. Thank you so much. Professor. . Cheers God bless you. Welcome always.
• Philippines
8 Nov 10
everyday i'll taking a shower because im a student and also i'm a n on job trainee. but if i had a fever i'll also taking bath. and there's no effect on my body. i only feel a cold of water. but it is okay because im fresh..
31 Oct 10
I've always felt better when I feel unwell to have a bath, usually I tend to spend far too long inside and the only downside I face is getting out as often it takes me awhile to get warm. I don't really know why people would be superstitious of this, as I wasn't aware people avoided having one. I know people suggest you don't go out if you can help it and try to relax but I find having a bath to be really relaxing.
• Philippines
2 Jun 10
Yes our parents will not allow us to take a bath for a reason they don't want accident to occur. Whenever we have illness our body is not okay and we feel dizzy. they just want our safety. When it comes to doctor they allow to bath as long as it is not for an hour because we can absorb cold air that can only lead our illness to stay for longer days. For me it is okay to take a bath for the hot feeling to lessen and for me to feel comfortable.
@cream97 (29180)
• United States
28 May 10
Hi, grayxenon. I think that it is perfectly fine to take a shower when you have a fever. I think that the warm water soothes the hot fever some.
• Bahrain
20 May 10
Actually, when you have a fever having a somewhat cold bath/shower should lower your temperature. But with a cold or flu, I take a warm shower (not hot, it'd be damaging) which relaxes me and eases my symptoms.
• United States
17 May 10
Yes, I take baths or showers if I have a fever or the flu. It doesn't matter to me as long as I feel like I can stand in the shower or sit in the bath. It usually makes me feel a little bit better if I take a shower when I'm sick.
@dpk262006 (41035)
• Delhi, India
17 May 10
Hi gr! I think if the body temperature is 100 degree centigrade, then one can take bath, it will bring down the temperature. It would be better to consult a Doctor, before taking bath, as he may not advice you to go for a bath in chilly winter months.
@Ritchelle (3800)
• Philippines
17 May 10
it depends on my temperature. usually if it is really high and i find myself sleeping most of the time i forgo bathing. but the next day is a whole new different story. i would bathe no matter what. usually the next day of fever is usually a better one for me with the rest and medication that previous day. feeling filthy might also be a contributor to my ill feeling so bathe i will!
• China
17 May 10
As I know, our doctor is sure said no about it..but i think if your condition is not so bad maybe ok to have a bath, otherwise a warm bath can make you feel good..
@hagirl (1299)
• United States
16 May 10
I was a CNA for 13 years....We gave tepid sponge baths to some of our patients that have fevers so that is a old wisetale..... It worked to bring down there temperature at a slow rate to keep from shock of course with the help of a medicine also.