A fever is an abnormally high body temperature. A normal body temperature ranges from 97°F – 99°F. Rectal temperatures usually run about 1°F higher.
Normal Temperatures for Babies:
Newborn: less than 97°F
1 – 3 months: 99.4°F
3 – 6 months: 102°F
6 – 24 months: 102°F
A fever is not categorized as an illness. It is usually a symptom that may indicate some greater illness. Most commonly, but not always, fevers indicate the presence of some type of an infection.
Low-grade fevers are not always a cause for concern. A fever is one way your body fights an illness. It may be a signal that your body is acting to destroy harmful microbes and encouraging it to construct more immune cells.
Symptoms other than an elevated body temperature may include:
- Body aches
- Loss of appetite
There are some situations in which a fever can cause problems. Signs of a more serious circumstance can include:
- Severe throat swelling
- Unusual skin rash that worsens rapidly
- Stiff neck
- Constant vomiting
- Chest pain
- Extreme lethargy
Whenever a person feels hot or cold to your touch, it is a good idea to take his or her temperature. If you have to call your doctor during an illness, knowing the exact temperature will be very helpful. If you are not sure whether or not the fever is cause for alarm, our experienced physicians are available to ease your concerns.
Our in-house testing will give the doctor fast results so they can assess the results and determine the medical treatment you may require. Our labs are equipped to test for flu, strep throat, RSV, mononucleosis, urinary tract infections among many other possible illnesses. If your fever symptoms reveal possible pneumonia, we have a lab technician available right here in our office. No need to travel elsewhere for accurate X-rays.
Our doctors will create a plan to help you on the path to feeling better. If you require IV antibiotic treatment, we are prepared to administer them here in our office.
Visit QuestCare Urgent Care
Visit QuestCare Urgent Care in Highland Park if you or a family member has a fever that requires the immediate attention of a doctor. Call our offices ahead of your arrival at (214) 368-4822 or check in online.