Fever | Emergency Room Symptoms
If you or a loved one is experiencing a high fever, it may be time to call SignatureCare Emergency Center. Our team is ready and waiting to treat your fever and any of its side-effects. We are also highly qualified in pediatric emergency care. Visit one of our two locations today and get rid of your fever. We are open 24/7 to treat your medical needs.
A fever is an unusual increase in body temperature that is often caused by an illness. Fevers help the body fight infections, but they can occasionally get so high that they are dangerous.
Common Causes of Fever:
Your body temperature fluctuates naturally during the day, and it may get higher when you exercise or during your menstrual cycle. Your body temperature may also rise if your body thinks that it needs to fight an illness. A slight fever may occur due to:
- Heat exhaustion
- Bacterial infection
- Severe sunburn
- Medications, including antibiotics and drugs used to regulate blood pressure
Fevers may also occur when a person has no other illness or health concerns. In this case, your doctor may need to perform tests or scans to determine the cause of the fever.
When to seek medical help:
In many instances, a fever will naturally go away on its own as your body begins to heal. However, if you have a fever of over 101 F for more than three days or if your temperature goes over 103 F, you should seek medical attention. If your child has a fever and is listless or severely uncomfortable, call a pediatrician or pediatric emergency center immediately.
Fevers in infants can be more serious, especially if there are no other symptoms. Newborns may actually have a low temperature when they are ill because they cannot regulate their body temperature, and your newborn should see a doctor immediately if his temperature is 97 F or lower. If your baby is 3 months old or younger, you should see a doctor if his fever is 100.4 F or higher. If your infant is between the ages of 3 and 6 months, you should take him to a doctor if he has a fever and is irritable or if his fever is over 102 F. For babies who are 6 to 24 months old, you should schedule an appointment if he has a fever of 102 F for more than 24 hours. For the most accurate reading, you should use a rectal thermometer to determine the severity of your child’s fever.
Febrile seizures may occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old. These seizures are caused by the fever and cause children to lose consciousness. If your child has a febrile seizure, lay him on the ground on his side or his stomach. Make sure that the area is clear of any sharp objects, and hold your child so that he does not injure himself. Once the seizure is over, you should immediately take him to an emergency room to determine why he has a fever.
Visit us immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Stiff neck
- Irritability or listlessness
- Sensitivity to light
- Severe headache
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the throat
- Chest pain
- A skin rash that develops or worsens quickly
- Other unusual signs or symptoms
If you have a fever, please visit us immediately at one of our emergency room locations. We are open 24/7 to help alleviate your symptoms and treat your fever. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.
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