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A fever is when your body temperature temporarily increases, most often due to an illness that requires medical treatment. Fevers can indicate a number of things going on with your body, though an infection is the most common cause.


Most fevers will cause discomfort but should not be of great concern unless they reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If you have a persistent or very high fever, schedule an appointment with us or walk into our nearest location as soon as possible for treatment!

Fever Signs & Symptoms

Since our average temperature is around 98.6* F, any number above this (typically anything above 99*F) can be considered a fever. If a higher than usual temperature is accompanied with one of these other symptoms, it’s likely you have a fever:

  • Sweating

  • Shivering/Shaking

  • Constant Dehydration

  • Muscle Aches/Overall Weakness

  • Decreased Appetite

High Fever Risks

While most fevers are very mild and can be treated at home, if your fever goes untreated, it could pose the following risks:

  • Convulsions/Seizures

  • Hallucinations/Confusion

  • Extreme Irritability

At-Home Fever Treatment

You can apply a cool, wet cloth to your forehead, drink plenty of cool fluids such as water or Gatorade, take a cool bath and avoid bundling yourself up in a bunch of blankets or clothing.

If you are worried your fever may pose a serious health concern, visit us at Local MD Urgent Care as soon as possible.

Please note, with your optimal care in mind, if your injury is severe, the Local MD team may refer you to a local emergency room.

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