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Do I bathe with warm or cold water during fever?

When you have a fever, you might wonder if it’s better to bathe with warm or cold water. The answer depends on the type of fever and whether it’s caused by infection or illness.

Fever is your body’s way of fighting off an infection. When you have a high temperature, your body is working harder to keep itself at normal temperatures. To do this, your blood vessels dilate and release heat from your body through the skin. This is why you feel hot when you’re ill — your body is trying to cool itself down by releasing heat through sweating or increased blood flow in the skin.

Warm baths can help reduce sweating and lower your temperature. Cold baths can help cool down an already high temperature by reducing blood flow in the skin and keeping your internal organs cooler for longer. If you’re not sure which type of bath will work best for you, talk to your doctor before taking a bath while sick with a fever so they can advise accordingly.

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Last modified: August 9, 2022

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