Abilene Family Medical Associates
Family Medicine Physicians located in Abilene, Texas
While many people develop a fever due to a cold or the flu, a rise in body temperature may indicate something more serious is wrong with your health. At Abilene Family Medical Associates in Abilene, Texas, the team of experienced providers offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options to understand the cause of your fever and get you feeling better as quickly as possible. Learn more about treatment options for a fever in both children and adults by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Fever Q & A
What is a fever?
A fever is a rise in body temperature that often indicates an underlying medical issue, such as:
- Viral infection
- Heat exhaustion
- Bacterial infection
- Chronic inflammatory condition
You may also develop a fever as a result of taking certain medications, including blood pressure medications and antibiotics.
Generally, a fever in children and adults isn’t serious, but if you have underlying medical issues, it can cause complications. In children, a fever over 103 degrees requires immediate medical attention to prevent dehydration and seizures.
When should I seek treatment for a fever?
Fevers associated with the common cold or flu don’t always require medical treatment. They often go away within a few days using over-the-counter fever-reducing medications.
However, if your temperature is above 103 degrees and accompanied by other symptoms, you should schedule an appointment at Abilene Family Medical Associates. These symptoms can include:
- Persistent fatigue
- Changes in appetite
In both children and adults, dehydration is possible with a high fever. Signs of dehydration include dizziness and fainting, dry skin, and reduced urination. It’s important to seek treatment for dehydration as soon as possible.
What treatments are available for a fever?
Your Abilene Family Medical Associates provider takes your temperature during your visit and discusses any other symptoms you may have to determine the possible cause.
If you have a cold or flu that causes a fever, your provider may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce your fever and keep you comfortable. You should also drink plenty of water and get bed rest.
If your fever is due to an underlying medical condition, such as arthritis or an infection, your provider can prescribe medications to address the cause of the fever, such as antibiotics for infections or steroids for inflammation. They may also suggest over-the-counter medicines to reduce your temperature.
How is fever in young children treated?
For infants and toddlers with a persistent fever, your Abilene Family Medical Associates provider may recommend a stay in the hospital to monitor their health.
During their stay, your provider closely monitors your baby’s temperature and provides medications to reduce fever and other symptoms.
The main purpose of the hospital stay is to prevent dehydration. In many cases, an intravenous (IV) supply of fluids is necessary to reduce your child’s risk of complications caused by dehydration, including seizures.
If you or your child has a persistent fever, don’t delay treatment. Call Abilene Family Medical Associates or schedule an appointment online today.
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