Thursday, July 25, 2013

Author Question: Fever Reduction in Unconscious Patient

Alyssa Asks:

One of my characters has a high fever. I know that there are several different herbs that can help to reduce fevers, but he is unconscious. What might the healer do to help him?

Jordyn Says:

Obviously it's hard to get an unconscious person to ingest something.

You're writing medieval times?

If a person can't swallow but you want to reduce a fever-- you can strip their clothing off and put them in tepid to cool water. This should help bring down their body temperature.

Depending on your time era-- medications can also be given rectally or intravenously. For instance, acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol) can be give rectally.

NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be given IV and are fever reducers though this is not the primary reason to give an NSAID IV. Most common reason if for pain.

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