What Causes a Fever?

A fever occurs when your body’s temperature regular-the hypothalamus in the brain- changes your normal body temperature to a higher degree to fight off unwanted infection. When this occurs, you may feel chills, or begin to shiver. This process can occur due to a variety of factors, including a virus, bacterial infection, heat exhaustion, and more.

Common symptoms of a fever include:

  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Shivering
  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite

How to Treat a Fever

Throughout the day, your body’s temperature can fluctuate between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. When your body is fighting off a virus or infection, your temperature will begin to rise. Once your temperature is above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, you are considered to have a fever.

There are some things that you can do to help reduce the severity of your symptoms. Placing a cool cloth on your forehead can help to lower your body temperature. Also, staying hydrated and taking over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help to treat your fever. If you are concerned about your fever or cannot target the cause of your fever, visit Ultra Med Urgent Care to be seen by one of our physicians.

Children and Fevers

Fevers can be more severe in children. If your child Is under three months old and has a fever, they should be seen by a physician immediately. To check if your child has a fever, use an oral or rectal thermometer for the most accurate reading.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a fever, our staff at Ultra Med Urgent care can work with you to diagnose and treat your symptoms. We serve patients in the Skokie and Evanston, Illinois areas.