Infections and Fever Treatment Questions and Answers
If you have suffered a wound, do not let it lead to an infection that may cause a fever. If you suspect you have an infection and a fever from your infection, call us today to speak to one of our specialists or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Phoenixville PA, King of Prussia PA, West Norriton PA, Norristown PA, East Norriton PA, Pottstown PA and West Chester PA.
Infections are a common infliction that can be caused by the contamination of an open wound. If left untreated, infections can spread to other parts of the body and may even turn into a systemic infection. If this occurs, it is potentially life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Infections can often lead to fevers as the body works to fight off the intruding infection.
When should you go to an urgent care for a fever?
Fevers are a common symptom of illness and are usually not serious. However, fevers can quickly become dangerous. Call your doctor if:
- Your fever lasts for more than 3 days
- Your temperature rises above 103°F
- You experience difficulty breathing or chest pain alongside fever symptoms
In rare cases, a fever can be a medical emergency. Go to your nearest emergency room in right away if:
- Your fever is accompanied by headache, nausea, a rash, a stiff neck or These symptoms may be indicative of meningitis.
- You were exposed to very high temperatures and experiencing a rapid heartbeat, confusion, or dizziness. These symptoms may be indicative of a heat stroke.
- Your fever is high and is accompanied by headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. These symptoms may be indicative of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
How do I know if I have an infection?
Infections are commonly caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and come with a variety of symptoms. Signs and symptoms of an infection are:
- Fever (often the only sign of an infection)
- Chills and sweats
- Change in cough or a new cough
- Sore throat or new mouth sore
- Shortness of breath
- Nasal congestion
- Stiff neck
- Burning or pain with urination
- Unusual vaginal discharge or irritation
- Increased urination
- Redness, soreness, or swelling in any area
- Pain in the abdomen or rectum
- New onset of pain
Can an infection cause a fever?
As the immune system works hard to fight off the foreign bodies causing an infection, the body temperature is increased. When the body is operating at a normal temperature, the majority of viruses and bacteria can thrive. However, when you have a fever, it is harder for the pathogens to survive. In fact, infections are the most common cause of a fever.
When should I go to an urgent care for an infection and fever vs. going to an emergency clinic?
If you have a new fever caused by an infection, you may be warranted to visit an urgent care clinic. Urgent care centers are staffed with medical professionals who are experienced in treating infections and fevers. However, if your symptoms are accompanied by nausea, fatigue, stomach swelling and lethargy, it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately. A combination of these symptoms can be indicative of gastrointestinal issues such as appendicitis or pancreatitis, both of which are serious conditions that require medical attention at a hospital emergency room.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an infection and a fever, come to AFC Urgent Care for treatment! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating infections and fevers and can help you get on the road to recovery. For more information on our infections and fever treatment and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our infection and fever specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.