Can you really break a fever with a cold washcloth on your forehead?
It’s not a cure, but it’s good for relief and can help lower your body temperature a bit, says James Dewar, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. But it won’t cool your blood or treat the cause of the fever. It’s like putting ice cubes in a boiling pot. “It will bring temporary relief, but as soon as the ice melts, the boiling starts again,” says Dr Dewar.