Fever-Induced Headache

Supportive Management

  • Apply cool, wet towel on the forehead, groin, and armpits.
  • Have a warm bath or a tepid sponge bath using comfortably warm water (43°C – 46°C). Perform sponge bath for 20-30 minutes. Avoid using cool water, ice, or alcohol for the bath as they may cause shivering, which, in turn, may further increase body temperature.
  • Have plenty of rest. Sleep for 7-8 hours every night in a dark room, as melatonin – a powerful anti-oxidant that promotes healing through boosting the immune function – are found to be produced in higher amounts when sleeping in darkness. If sleeping in a dark room is not possible, wear an eye patch instead.
  • Dress in light clothing and remove excess clothes. Sleep with a light layer of blanket.
  • Keep room well-ventilated, and at a moderate, comfortable temperature. If the room feels warm, place a fan nearby.
  • Keep self hydrated. Drink a minimum of 2 liters or eight glasses of clear fluid per day. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as caffeinated drinks (e.g. cola, coffee, tea, energy drinks), as well as alcohol.

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Herbal Medicine

  • Saha ng Saging/Balat ng Punong Saging (Sheathing Leafstalks of the Banana)
    • Wrap the fresh sheathing leafstalks of the banana around the neck, armpits, and groins of the person with fever. Replace the used sheathing leafstalks with a new one as needed (e.g. when the sheathing leafstalks have become warm).
  • Sampalok Juice
    • Mix the pulp of ripe sampalok fruit in water. Add sugar to taste, and drink.
  • Guyabano Leaves Decoction
    • Boil either 3 handfuls of fresh guyabano leaves or 1 handful of dried guyabano leaves in 2 cups of water for 15-30 minutes. Let the decoction cool down and strain. Divide the decoction into 3-4 doses to be used in one day. Use the decoction the same day it was prepared.
  • Dayap (Lime) Juice
    • Squeeze one fresh fruit in a glass of water. Cool for 5 minutes and drink.
  • Kamias Juice
    • Mash 2-3 ripe fruits in a glass of water. Add sugar to taste.
  • Balimbing Juice
    • Crush 2-3 ripe balimbing fruits in a glass of water. Add sugar to taste.
  • Bignay Juice
    • Mash a handful of ripe bignay fruits in a glass of water. Add sugar to taste.


Consult doctor immediately if person with fever-induced headache experiences any of the following:

  • High fever (40 °C or higher)
  • Fever lasting longer than 3 days
  • Severe, unbearable headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion, disorientation, or hallucination
  • Weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • Trouble speaking, seeing, or walking