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High Temperature & Fevers

When to Seek Care for a Fever

Fevers can indicate an underlying health concern and cause worry for individuals of any age. Understanding when to seek assistance is essential for maintaining your health. 

If you or a family member are experiencing discomfort, our skilled team at ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care can guide you through managing a fever. 

Whether it's a slight increase in temperature or a more significant rise, knowing the appropriate measures to address your condition and alleviate fever symptoms can significantly aid in your recovery.

Managing Your Wellness: How to Handle a Fever

When dealing with a fever, knowing the steps to manage it effectively is vital. Here's what you can do:

  • Temperature Monitoring:
    Start by checking your body temperature using a thermometer. Average body temperature typically falls between 97°F (36.1°C) and 99°F (37.2°C). A fever is generally considered when the temperature exceeds 100.4°F (38°C).
  • Hydration:
    Staying hydrated is crucial. Dehydration can worsen a fever. Drink fluids such as water, herbal teas, and clear broths to maintain hydration levels.
  • Rest:
    Allow your body the necessary rest to combat the underlying infection or condition causing the fever.
  • Over-the-Counter Medications:
    Consider using over-the-counter fever reducers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to lower the fever and alleviate discomfort. Follow the recommended dosages and consult a healthcare professional with any concerns.
  • Cool Compresses:
    Applying a cool, damp washcloth to your forehead and body can relieve fever-related discomfort. Avoid ice or extremely cold water, as rapid temperature changes can be harmful.
  • Isolation:
    If you suspect your fever is due to a contagious illness like the flu or COVID-19, it's essential to isolate yourself to prevent spreading the infection to others.

If your fever persists, reaches an extremely high level, or is accompanied by severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, confusion, or persistent vomiting, seek immediate medical attention. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.

When to Seek Urgent Care for a Fever: Age Considerations

Determining the appropriate time to visit urgent care for a fever depends on age. While adults typically seek medical attention for high or prolonged fevers, infants and young children may need urgent care even for lower-grade fevers due to their susceptibility to severe infections.

When to Bring Your Baby to Urgent Care for Fever

You should visit urgent care for infants if their rectal temperature reaches 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. This is particularly important for babies under three months old or if they exhibit additional worrisome symptoms such as irritability, feeding difficulties, or unusual lethargy.

When to Bring Your Toddler to Urgent Care for Fever

For toddlers, urgent care should be considered if their temperature reaches 102°F (38.9°C) or above. Furthermore, seek urgent medical attention if your toddler has a fever persisting for more than 2 to 3 days or if it accompanies irritability, discomfort, breathing difficulties, vomiting, or other alarming symptoms.

When to Bring an Older Child to Urgent Care for Fever

If your older child or teenager feels unwell and has a fever, it may be advisable to seek urgent care. Professional medical evaluation is recommended if their fever persists for more than a few days or exceeds 102°F (38.9°C).

Additionally, if your child or teen exhibits symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe headache, chest pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, dizziness, or other worrisome signs alongside the fever, it's vital to seek urgent medical attention promptly.

When to Seek Urgent Care for Fever in Adults

Adults should visit urgent care if their temperature surpasses 103°F (39.4°C) or the fever persists for several days.

Additionally, seeking medical attention is crucial if the fever is accompanied by symptoms such as difficulty breathing, severe headache, chest pain, abdominal pain, vomiting, dizziness, or other concerning signs.

Visit ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care for Fever Treatment Near You

At ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, we prioritize your health.

With our doors open seven days a week, we cater to individuals of all ages, from children to seniors.

If you're experiencing a fever, our numerous locations across Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire are ready to offer the urgent care services you need, conveniently located near you.

Find your nearest ClearChoiceMD location and receive treatment for your fever or any other health concerns today.

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