Can Fever Go Away in 24 Hours?

Man in bed with fever, cool compress on forehead, digital thermometer nearby, in a well-lit, comfortable room.

In order to understand how much time it will take for a fever to go away, you need to know what a fever is, its causes and symptoms and then you can decide whether the fever will go away in a day or it will take more than 24 hours?

When your body has a sudden rise in temperature, which is higher than the normal body temperature i.e. higher than 36.4 to 37.2 ℃, it is considered Fever.

Fever usually takes a day to go away. It can take more than 24 hours, but it depends on various factors.

Causes of Fever

Fever by itself doesn’t suggest a disease. Instead, it is an indication that there is a problem with the body. A fever just shows that there is something wrong inside your body, it is like an alarm.

A bacterial or viral infection might be the cause of a fever. Continuous exposure to heat can increase the body temperature as well.

Sudden changes of temperature like going from hot to cold or cold to hot area suddenly can cause headaches and fever. For example, when we come out into a hot area from an air-conditioned room, it can cause fever due to sudden temperature changes.

Treating the fever in 24 hours

A fever can be treated in a day if it is not due to viral or bacterial infection because that can take up to 7 days.
A few tips to treat a fever in a day are:

1- Taking ibuprofen or Paracetamol or Acetaminophen 2-3 times a day or as directed by Physician.
2- Putting a cold wet cloth on your forehead as well as underarms.
3- Wearing light and airy clothes.
4- Taking a cold bath if its summer and taking a lukewarm bath in winters.
5- Resting and drinking plenty of fluids.

These things help treating the fever at home but if it gets serious, you need to get medical help or go to the hospital.