Fever – What It Means & Where to Receive Treatment in Medford, MA
A fever is an increase in your core body temperature, which normally hovers around 98.6°F for most people. Sometimes, a fever seemingly strikes out of nowhere, and while that might be alarming, it is usually not a cause for concern. Most likely, your immune system is targeting a viral or bacterial infection by making it more difficult for these potentially harmful invaders to survive in your body.
Along with your elevated body temperature, you might experience chills, sweating, headache, muscle aches, and dehydration. Your fever and other symptoms should resolve within a day or so after your immune system does its job and your body recovers. But if they don’t—or if you’re feeling miserable in the meantime—the team at PhysicianOne Urgent Care in Medford, Massachusetts, can help.
Fever Treatment Options
Your provider at PhysicianOne Urgent Care will begin by exploring the reason for your fever. We’ll ask about your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical examination, and possibly order a lab test or X-ray. After evaluating all of this information, we can make a medical diagnosis and put together a plan of attack to help keep your fever from worsening and address its underlying cause.
When fever treatment is necessary, the most common approach involves medication. Most mild fevers respond well to acetaminophen or ibuprofen, which are readily available over the counter. Additionally, if we determine that your fever is caused by a bacterial infection, we may prescribe antibiotic treatment (these medications are not used for treating viral infections).
No matter the cause of your fever, there are steps you can take at home to feel better. First and foremost, it is essential to get enough rest because your body is expending a lot of energy to fight off the infection. You’re going to feel tired! Moreover, staying hydrated is a good way to regulate your body temperature and keep your fever from spiking. You may also find it helpful to wear lightweight clothing, keep your house cool, and sleep covered with a top sheet or light blanket.
If you’re concerned about your fever for any reason, you can request a Virtual Visit with an experienced provider at PhysicianOne Urgent Care. That way, you can receive personalized medical advice without having to leave home. We can also screen you for COVID-19 if appropriate.
Questions? Contact PhysicianOne Urgent Care or visit our urgent care center in Medford today.