For fevers up to 102˚F (38.8˚C), no treatment besides rest and fluids is necessary for fever relief. Call the doctor is there are any unusual symptoms, including:
-fevers lasting for more than 3 days
-if you have had recent overseas travel
-sensitivity to bright lights
-unusual skin rash
-difficulty breathing/chest pain
-anything else unusual
For fevers greater than 102˚F (38.8˚C), you may want to take a fever reducer (antipyretic).
Tylenol (Acetaminophen): Effective at relieving fever symptoms, but should be taken on a full stomach to avoid chances of vomiting. Overdosing may lead to liver damage. Possible side effects include damage to stomach lining with regular use.
Advil/Motrin/Midol/Naprelan/etc. (Ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, ketoprofen): Take only the recommended dosage. Possible side effects include damage to stomach lining with regular use.
Aspirin: Avoid if you have ulcers or liver problems.
The best treatment is to stay hydrated with clear liquids, including meals of clear soups, and getting plenty of rest.