What Does A Fever Mean?

Thermometer.jpgUsually a symptom of an underlying condition, a fever is not an illness itself. Although you most likely don’t need to seek medical attention based solely on a fever, it is important to determine the cause of the fever. Many times, it is the body’s way of defending against an infection.

Fevers do not usually get high enough to be considered dangerous, although the body’s temperature can rise to a dangerous level with hyperthermia, an extreme temperature often caused by a heat-related injury. When the body is experiencing hyperthermia, it is no longer able to control its temperature.

So let’s take a look at what causes a fever in the first place:

  • Common infections like a cold or gastroenteritis
  • An infection of the ear, lung, skin, throat, bladder or kidney
  • Conditions that cause inflammation
  • Side effects of drugs
  • Cancer
  • Vaccines
  • Blood clots
  • Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease

Treating a fever will vary depending on what is causing it. For instance, if the fever is being caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics would help treat it. Typically, over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol, Advil, Motrin and Aleve will alleviate a fever.

To determine the cause of a fever or if additional treatment is required, please visit your doctor.

At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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