Got the Chills? Has Your High Temp Lasted Several Days?
A fever in and of itself isn’t an illness. It is instead a typical indicator of an illness. It’s a natural response your body uses to fight off viruses and bacteria. Your normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. A fever is considered anything higher than that. A simple head cold is the most likely cause for your high body temperature and isn’t serious. However, it can also be an indication of a more significant health problem.
It’s best to have your fever medically evaluated if you have an exceedingly high temperature and/or it has lasted more than two days. The good news is Anywhere UrgentCare™ is able to evaluate and treat you in the comfort and convenience of your own home! We provide mobile urgent care services to patients anywhere in Colorado Springs, Monument, and Black Forest.
We first determine the severity of your condition and if you need advanced medical care. However, most of the time all you need to proper at-home health care. Overall, this allows you to get great care while saving time and money. Give us a call to schedule a time and place that works best for you.
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Keep reading to learn more about fevers …
VIDEO: Treatment for High Fever in Colorado Springs
Eileen Flavin, FNP-C, explains how fevers are treated at the home in this video:
Symptoms Associated with a Fever:
A forehead that is quite warm to the touch is often the first sign of fever. You might also have ‘the chills’ or nausea. Children, especially, can also have a cough, diarrhea, or ear pain along with their fever. A sanitized thermometer held under your tongue for a minute or two should indicate your actual body temperature. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe usage and an accurate reading.
When Medical Care Is Needed:
Mild fevers usually don’t require professional medical attention. Proper self-care often does the trick. However, get evaluated as soon as you can by a medical practitioner when your fever is 101.0 degrees or higher. Especially if you do not know the cause of the fever.
Also, you should seek medical care if you have had a fever, even a slight one, for longer than a few days. In addition, there is the potential for a more serious issue anytime fever is combined with pain or discomfort in any part of the body.
Call 911 and seek emergency care if you have a body temperature AND any of the following symptoms:
- severe headache
- stiff neck
- very confused and/or irritable
- repeated vomiting or diarrhea
- hot-to-the-touch skin and no sweating
Source: Mayo Clinic
How Is a Fever Evaluated?
Determining if a fever is present isn’t hard. We simply take your temperature to find out if it’s normal or elevated. The difficult task is figuring out why you have a fever. Possible illnesses associated with fevers include:
- head colds
- infections of the kidney, bladder, throat, skin, lungs or ears
- a medical condition that produces inflammation
- side effect associated with a medication
- hormonal disorder, such as hyperthyroidism
- blood clots
- autoimmune diseases (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus)
- illegal drug use
What Are Treatments for Fever?
Simple at-home rest and clear-liquid hydration is often all you need to treat mild fevers. However, it can take several days for a fever to run its course before you return to feeling normal. Over-the-counter medications, like Motrin®, Aleve® or Tylenol® are often effective at reducing your symptoms.
Treatment for severe fever depends upon the cause. Antibiotics are often prescribed to treat a significant bacterial infection. Viral infections simply need to run their course while symptoms and discomfort are medically managed. Serious conditions likely require condition-specific treatment from a medical specialist and possibly a stay at the hospital.
We Bring Urgent Care to You!
Contact Anywhere UrgentCare™ for at-home evaluation and treatment for your fever. We do house calls to save you time and money. Simply schedule an appointment for a time and place that works best for you: