What Is a Fever?

December 13, 2022

What Is a Fever?

If you are sick, chances are that you are experiencing a variety of different symptoms that keep you laying low and resting for a few days. One of these symptoms could be a fever!

Fevers are your body’s natural fight against infection and are actually working to help you overcome whatever illness you are suffering from. Read on as the AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road team shares the details below.

How Does a Fever Fight Infection?

When your body reacts to an infection, you can develop a fever. This means your body temperature is at 100.4 degrees or higher. When your body temperature rises, it kicks your immune system into high gear to create more white blood cells and can actually minimize the reproductive rate of your current infection.

In most cases, fevers are your body’s way of taking care of you naturally! Treating a fever doesn’t treat your infection, but it can help you feel better if your fever is causing unpleasant symptoms. You can take some OTC medication, drink plenty of fluids and get some rest.

Symptoms of a Fever

  • Elevated body temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Chills, shivering or shaking
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating or flushed skin

Are Fevers Dangerous?

Some can be, but the majority of fevers stay mild and are only present while your body fights off your illness. If your fever is persistent for multiple days or reaches 103 degrees or higher, it is time to be seen by a medical professional to investigate the cause.

It is also important to keep a closer eye on any young children or infants that have a fever. Babies under three months should be seen for any fevers above 100 degrees orally or 100.4 degrees rectally. Fevers in small bodies can be especially dangerous or indicate a more serious condition.

Warning Signs Accompanying a Fever

  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • High fever with a rash
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration

Do you have a fever that just won’t break? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Tyvola Road.

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