When To Worry About Fever in Adults


fever in adults

A fever is a temporary rise in body temperature, and a sign that your body is battling an illness or infection. There is generally no cause for concern, but certain situations warrant a trip to the doctor– or even the emergency room. Learn when it’s time to seek treatment.

Normal body temperature ranges from 97°F to 99°F. If your core body temperature rises above this, you may have a fever. Additional signs and symptoms include sweating, chills, shivering, headache, and muscle aches. Loss of appetite, irritability, dehydration and general weakness are also common.

When and Where To Seek Treatment

Most fevers go away on their own within a few hours to days as your body beats the infection. If your fever lasts longer than 3 days, it’s important to see a doctor. A recurrent fever, however slight, may be a sign of a more serious condition. An urgent care center is a quick, convenient place to seek treatment for mild fevers.

Head into our clinic if your fever…

  • Is higher than 102°F
  • Lasts more than 3 days
  • Continues to worsen and will not break
  • Is accompanied by:
    • Discomfort
    • Ear pain
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Sore throat

Our friendly medical team will perform a physical exam, and ask questions about your symptoms and medical history. The provider may order blood tests or a chest X-ray, as needed, to determine the cause of your fever. If your fever is due to a bacterial infection, we can prescribe antibiotics for treatment. Walk in today for fast, affordable care. No appointment necessary.

When to Seek Emergency Care

Head to the ER or call an ambulance for fevers with the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Skin rash
  • Unusual sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiff neck or neck pain
  • Mental confusion
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Abdominal pain or pain when urinating
  • Convulsions or seizures