Fevers, while an indication that you are sick, do not necessarily mean that you need to go to a doctor. Understanding fevers can help you decide the best course of treatment to take, whether that is resting, taking an over-the-counter fever reducer, or going to the doctor.
WHAT IS A FEVER?
A fever is a rise in your body temperature. On average, the normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Farenheit. Fevers around 99-100 degress are considered low-grade fevers. Fevers of 103 degrees or higher are considered high fevers.
A fever indicates that your body is often the result of an illness, but is always a sign that something out of the ordinary is happening internally.
AT-HOME TREATMENT OPTIONS
If you have a fever, take an over-the counter fever reducer, such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Advil). Be sure to drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest, as well ! Your body is fighting illness on the inside—make sure it has the energy to do so.
WHEN TO GO TO THE DOCTOR
See a doctor if your temperature is more than 103 degrees and/or if you’ve had the fever for more than three days. If you have any of the following symptoms, in addition to the fever, you should also call a doctor:
-Unusual skin rash
-Unusual sensitivity to light
-Stiff neck and pain when you bend your head forward
-Pain when urinating
-Muscle weakness or sensory changes
The same general guidelines for adults apply to children. However, if can be harder to identify the symptoms in children because you are not experiencing them yourselves. A general rule of thumb is that, if your child is responsive and is drinking fluids and playing, then there is likely no cause for alarm. If this changes, however, you should call your doctor.
An unexplained fever is greater cause for concern in infants. Call a doctor if:
-Your infant is 3 months old or younger and has a rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
-Your infant is between 3 and 6 months old and has a temperature of 102 degrees or higher.
-Your infant is between 6 and 24 months and has a temperature of 102 that last longer than one day.
With infants and children, err on the side of caution and if you think your child or infant’s temperature is abnormally high, call your doctor.
If you are in need of any medical care, whether for cold-like symptoms, a physical or for an injury, come on in to Las Vegas Urgent Care. We look forward to serving you!