Will All Fevers Go Away on Their Own?

September 14, 2023

We are back in the full swing of school, work and fall sports season—and that can be either chaos or organized chaos, depending on how busy your family is! We hope that you find a good rhythm for the year ahead.

However, once you find what works for your family, chances are that someone in your family will come down with some type of illness. That’s just the nature of family life! One common symptom of many illnesses that can cause concern is a fever.

While we know it can be alarming to see an elevated temperature on the thermometer, remember that most fevers are not a bad thing! Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail team explains more about fevers below.

What Temperature Constitutes a Fever?

Our bodies are constantly changing and adjusting to our environments, so our temperatures change a little to reflect that. That’s why fevers aren’t officially diagnosed until your temperature reaches 100.4 degrees and stays there (or get higher). When you or a loved one spikes a fever, it means that your body has recognized some type of invader and is launching an immune response.

Viruses and bacteria cannot grow and replicate as well in warmer environments, so fevers actually slow the spread of illness while giving your immune system a boost to help battle the infection. This is why many providers will tell you to simply monitor the fever but not treat it if you are feeling OK. Treating a fever just brings down your temperature and treats your symptoms, but it is not helping you fight the illness.

Common Fever-Causing Illnesses

  • Influenza
  • Ear infections
  • Chickenpox
  • Respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections

How Long Is Too Long to Have a Fever?

The duration of a fever varies from person to person and can differ based on the type of illness you have. A typical fever usually lasts anywhere from a few hours to two days and then will slowly break when your body begins to win the battle against the infection. Take it easy and rest as much as possible during this time, and remember that you can always treat your fever with some OTC medication if you are feeling sick.

In rarer circumstances, fevers can indicate a more serious situation. Fevers that get up to 103 degrees or higher or last longer than three days should be evaluated by a professional. Remember that we are open seven days a week and you can drop by without an appointment! We will take great care of you.

Symptoms Associated With Serious Fevers

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • A spreading rash
  • Seizures
  • Stiff neck

Fevers can be frustrating to deal with at home. Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Indian Trail any day of the week.

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