Urgent Care for Fever Relief
For adults, the normal average body temperature ranges from 97.5 to 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The CDC considers a fever to be a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or greater with skin warm to the touch. A fever is usually a symptom of an underlying cause like an illness.
In adults, a fever above 103 degrees F can be concerning. If you are an adult with a fever that lasts longer than three days, visit Bayside Urgent Care Center for evaluation.
We are located in Clearwater, Florida, and we're always accepting new patients. No appointments are necessary.
Why Do We Get Fevers?
In many cases, a fever is your body's way of fighting off an invader. Certain viruses and bacteria cannot live in hot environments, so when your body heats up, these microorganisms are killed. A fever is one of your body's defenses and is part of your immune system response.
What Are the Most Common Causes a Fever?
Typically, fevers are a symptom of an underlying cause and are usually the first sign of a problem, such as the following:
- Common cold
- Stomach bugs (gastroenteritis)
- Viral and bacterial infections
- Heat exhaustion
- Reactions to medication
- Inflammatory conditions
When Should I See A Doctor?
Mild fevers should go away within three days. If you experience one that lasts longer and is accompanied by the following symptoms, make plans to visit Bayside Urgent Care Center:
- Severe headache
- Skin rashes
- Persistent vomiting
- Other unexplained symptoms
Note that if your fever is accompanied by throat swelling, confusion, or difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Also, remember that infants have difficulty regulating their body temperature, and you shouldn't wait to seek help if they have a temperature above 100.4 degrees F. For babies and toddlers up to 2 years, seek help for temperatures above 102 degrees F.
How is a Fever Treated?
To diagnose your fever and plan the right treatment, we perform a routine physical, check your vital signs, and get information about the symptoms you are experiencing. We may perform bloodwork to find out if you have an infection.
Most commonly, the treatment for a fever is an over-the-counter or prescription medication. If you have a bacterial infection, you may be prescribed an antibiotic. Some other at-home treatments include rest and fluids.
What Should You Bring When You Visit?
To make the most out of your visit to Bayside Urgent Care Center, please bring a list of any medications you take (including vitamins and supplements), past illnesses and surgeries, and your primary doctor's phone number and address in case we need to transfer records.
Does Bayside Urgent Care Accept Insurance?
Yes. We accept Medicare and most major insurance carriers. If you are underinsured, uninsured, or prefer to pay out-of-pocket, our services are reasonably priced, and we offer flexible payment plans.
Choose Bayside Urgent Care to Handle Your Fever Symptoms
Our center is located in Clearwater, Florida, conveniently situated to Largo, Belleair, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, and Tampa. If you are experiencing symptoms detailed above, visit our office or call.
*Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. Always head to the nearest emergency room or call 911 if you are experiencing very serious or life-threatening problems. Read What is Urgent Care for more information.