It’s the worst feeling, having a fever. Our heads are hot, and yet we shiver and feel cold at the same time. We sweat, feel lethargic, have problems concentrating and are more sensitive to pain that’s felt in our bodies. But what exactly is a fever?
When someone’s body temperature is above the normal range, this is a fever. “Normal range” will differ among people, as factors such as health, exercise, and sleeping, to name a few, have an impact on our normal body temperature. If your body temperature escalates above 98.6 F (37 C), then you may have a fever.
At Metro Urgent Care, you can give us a call any time you need treatment of a fever or if you are uncertain about it in regards to your overall health.
A fever is not a disease, nor an illness. It’s a sign. In most situations, that sign may be an infection in a person’s immune system caused by strep throat, flu, or many other illnesses. A fever, in essence, is one of the body’s most effective ways of combating an infection. If a fever is mild and not severe, body temperature need not be brought down and bed rest as well as fluids may be all that is needed.
However, if your fever rises higher than 100.4 F (or 38 C), it’s advised that you should seek medical help from a health care provider, or visit a clinic like Metro Urgent Care.
Fevers are commonly caused by bacterial and viral infections. To help stave off a fever, practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands before and after meals. While this won’t always keep you safe from all germs, it helps the odds and you will have a better chance of staying healthy. Your body’s immune system will also help to fight off fever causing germs so stay well rested and eat nutritious foods in order to keep yourself in tip top condition when your body needs to fight back.
If the fever persists or is too high, a doctor or healthcare professional may order diagnostic tests such as blood and urine tests, as well as x-rays. A fever itself is not difficult to treat, as over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such ibuprofen can often lower the adult’s body temperature. In other cases, if your fever is the result of a bacterial infection, then antibiotics may be prescribed.
For those who don’t like to take medications—either over-the-counter or physician prescribed—there are many available natural ways in which to reduce a fever, such as staying hydrated with water or herbal teas like chamomile.
fever treatment for childrenAs with adults who have a fever but don’t necessarily need patient health care treatment, the goal for a child who has a manageable level of fever is to increase his or her overall comfort rather than focus on the normalization of body temperature, as the American Academy of Pediatrics, has indicated. It’s important to underscore that aspirins should not be given to children, as well as teens, and that they need a different treatment because taking the drug is linked to a dangerous condition called Reye’s syndrome.
If you need to seek medical help for a fever, stop by any of our Metro Urgent Care clinics – no appointment needed. We will help you find the best remedies and solutions to get you back to feeling well again soon!