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.