A fever is your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t quite right. And it’s a signal that shouldn’t be ignored. If you or a loved one has a persistent or high fever, you should seek the counsel of one of the health care providers at Estero Healthcare. With two locations in north and south Fort Myers Beach, Florida, there’s very little wait time to get the medical help you need for a fever. Call ahead for an appointment, use the online scheduler, or come in during the hours of operation.
Your body maintains a certain body temperature, which allows everything to function smoothly. While this number may vary slightly from one person to the next, the average body temperature is 98.6°F. Slight variations above or below this number are normal, but your range should remain fairly constant. Except when you have a fever.
When your body temperature is elevated, it means that your body is waging an internal battle to correct a problem, typically a bacterial or viral infection. Fevers aren’t a condition on their own, but rather, typically a result of:
Slight fevers can even come on the heels of immunizations as your body creates antibodies against the killed form of the virus in the vaccine.
Fevers have different effects on people. For most adults, a fever isn’t something to necessarily be alarmed about. But these rules don’t apply to toddlers and infants. If your child is under 3 months old and has a fever of 100.4°F or higher, you should get in to see someone at Estero Healthcare. If your child is between 3 months and 2 years old, anything over 102°F is cause for concern.
Whether it’s an adult or a child, you should also seek medical care if:
If there’s a seizure as a result of the fever, please go to the emergency room right away.
There’s no blanket answer to this question as it largely depends upon the underlying cause of the fever. Once your health care provider pinpoints the likely culprit, they do everything they can to mitigate the root problem and make you more comfortable.
If you or a loved one has a persistent or high fever, call Estero Healthcare, schedule an appointment using the online booking tool, or simply come in during the hours of operation.