When Should I Go to Urgent Care with a Fever?

Fevers are common infections that occur when your core body temperature spikes above its average. They can happen on their own or as a side effect to another infection or virus, such as the cold or flu. You can check your temperature by leaving a thermometer under your tongue or in your ear according to packaging guidelines. If your fever goes on too long or spikes too high, you may require medical attention to determine the cause of the fever and receive proper treatment.

What Causes a Fever?

The root cause of a fever affects the symptoms and course of treatment to follow. Common symptoms you may experience include sweating, chills, fatigue and body aches. Dehydration is common due to the rising temperatures and not replenishing your fluids. A fever is often the first symptom that something is wrong within your body, with addition signs to follow. An increased temperature can be a sign of food poisoning, infection, autoimmune diseases and even the cold and flu virus. A mild fever after getting a vaccination or taking certain medications is common.

When Should I Go to Urgent Care?

Your body temperature sits at an average of 98.6, with a healthy range of one degree above and below. If your fever has spiked to a concerning degree, you should visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus as soon as possible. If your temperature reaches 102 or higher, you may require medicine in order to break the fever. Temperatures over 102 are also more prone to complications, requiring medical attention. If you have been traveling recently, your fever may be a symptom of virus or infection contracted during your travels. A fever is a common symptom of malaria, which will change the treatment plan immediately. Certain side effects can be an indication of a bigger medical problem, and you should seek treatment immediately:

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Ear and eye pain
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea

If your fever has lasted over over two days without breaking on its own, you should seek care at your local urgent care center. Addition signs that you require medical attention include chest pain and tightness, stiffness in your joints, light sensitivity and mental confusion. If you experience these symptoms, you should go to the emergency room immediately.

If you have a fever that has not broken and requires treatment, visit AFC Urgent Care Paramus for immediate diagnosis and treatment today!


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