A fever indicates an underlying health problem, like a viral or bacterial infection. Most fevers resolve with at-home treatment, but if your temperature reaches 103℉ or higher, it’s crucial to seek professional help. At Mercy Medical Urgent Care, urgent care specialist Bilal Khodr, MD, provides same-day diagnosis and treatment of fevers. To make an appointment for yourself or your child, call the office in Lake City, Florida, or book online today. Walk-ins are also welcome.
If you have a fever, your body temperature is higher-than-normal. For adults, a fever occurs at 100.4℉. For children, a fever is 99.5℉ (or higher) measured orally.
A fever is your body’s way of fighting off infection. But if your temperature remains too high for an extended period, it can increase your risk of complications.
The symptoms of a fever include:
As the fever worsens, you might also experience hot, red skin or a flushed complexion.
Fevers occur for various reasons, including:
Sometimes, a fever doesn’t indicate any underlying health problem. Your body temperature fluctuates throughout the day and varies depending on your stress levels and emotions. If you have a fever and feel healthy, you’re probably okay.
Visit Mercy Medical Urgent Care if you develop a fever, which occurs alongside other symptoms, like a stiff neck, confusion, or irritability. That’s especially true if the fever lasts for longer than two days, is accompanied by a rash, or makes you dehydrated.
To diagnose a fever, your Mercy Medical Urgent Care provider reviews your health history, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. They also order lab work, including blood tests and a urinalysis to determine if you have a virus or a bacterial infection.
After pinpointing the cause of your fever, your Mercy Medical Urgent Care provider makes treatment recommendations.
Treatment of a fever depends on various factors, including your age, the intensity of your symptoms, and the underlying cause. Your Mercy Medical Urgent Care provider might recommend:
The goal of treatment is to bring your temperature back down and provide lasting relief.
To receive treatment for a fever, make an appointment at Mercy Medical Urgent Care by calling the office, booking online, or walking in today.