A fever is an elevation of the body‘s temperature, often due to an underlying medical illness. Usually, if someone has a fever, it’s a sign that something abnormal is happening to the body. For an adult, a fever can simply lead to uncomfortable symptoms and may not be much of a concern unless it reaches 103 Fahrenheit or higher. For infants or young children, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a potential infection. The fever usually goes away within a couple of days, but if it continues to worsen, then it’s essential to seek help.
GuruMD offers urgent care and telehealth options for a fever, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment in-person or from home. Here’s what you need to know about fevers, and how we’ll help you with treatment.
What Is a Fever?
If the body experiences an infection or another kind of trauma, it releases cytokines and other signals to combat the issue. This mechanism can result in a fever, which is an increase in body temperature. The fever is usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition or an infection. It’s often associated with physical discomfort, but it can lead to severe complications depending on age and physical condition. Elderly individuals and children may have trouble combating fever, while adults can quickly recover from the symptom.
A fever is generally not dangerous, but having a severely high temperature such as hyperthermia can lead to heatstroke, which can be life-threatening. Since it's difficult to determine if a fever is dangerous or not, it's best to seek professional medical help regardless.
Symptoms of A Fever
Additional symptoms of a fever may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle aches
How Does GuruMD Treat Fevers?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with a fever. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of a fever, all you have to do is speak with one of our medical providers in-person or online. Register online for online help or come to our office for a walk-in.
Our board-certified professionals can interview you in order to determine the root cause of your fever. If the fever is caused by a bacterial infection, the doctor would have to prescribe antibiotic medication. If it’s from a viral infection, then the provider will prescribe ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce the fever.
Keep in mind that you must take the dosage that your doctor recommends. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can cause severe liver or kidney damage at a high dose. Avoid giving your child aspirin. It can lead to Reyes's Syndrome, which is a potentially fatal disease that causes severe damage to the liver.
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