Fever

Estero Healthcare

Family Medicine Clinic located in Fort Myers Beach, FL

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.

Fever Q & A

What constitutes a fever?

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.

What causes 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:

  • Colds or flus
  • Infected wounds
  • Certain medicines, such as blood pressure and anti-seizure medications
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Malignant tumors
  • Heat exhaustion

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.

When should I see a doctor for a fever?

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:

  • The fever persists for more than three days
  • It’s accompanied by vomiting
  • The fever is over 103°F
  • You have a severe headache
  • Your neck is stiff
  • A skin rash develops

If there’s a seizure as a result of the fever, please go to the emergency room right away.

What is the treatment for a fever?

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.