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First Care Bossier

FAMILY MEDICINE & URGENT CARE LOCATED IN NORTH BOSSIER CITY, SOUTH BOSSIER CITY & STONEWALL, LA


A fever shows that your body is fighting an infection, illness, or disease. The experts at First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, quickly determine the cause of your fever and provide treatment to ease your discomfort and take care of the underlying problem. If you need immediate help for a fever, you don’t need an appointment to receive urgent care or come to the walk-in clinic. If you have any questions, call the office or book a future appointment online.

Fever Q & A

When do I have a fever?

The average body temperature is 98.6ºF. However, your body temperature varies depending on the time of day and your activity level. For this reason, it’s normal to have a temperature between 97ºF and 99ºF.

You have a fever when you have an oral temperature of 100ºF or higher, an armpit temperature of 99ºF or higher, or your ear or rectal temperature registers 100.4ºF or higher.

What causes a fever?

A fever is a normal and expected part of your body’s immune response to an illness or infection. Fevers most often develop due to:

  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Certain medications
  • Advanced cancer
  • Inflammatory health conditions

You may also have a fever after getting some types of immunizations, such as vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, pneumonia, and COVID-19.

What is the difference between a fever and heatstroke?

Your brain activates and controls a fever, temporarily raising the body’s normal temperature or set point to a higher level. That allows your body to maintain an increase in your temperature as part of an immune response while allowing your body systems to keep functioning.

With heatstroke, your body’s set point stays the same while its temperature increases without any control from your brain. Your temperature rises so quickly that it overcomes your body’s natural ability to cool down.

Heatstroke needs emergency medical care to prevent damage to your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles.

When does my child need medical care for a fever?

If your baby is younger than three months, they need medical attention for any fever. You should take your baby to First Care Bossier if they’re between the ages of 3-24 months and have a temperature higher than 102ºF.

Seek immediate medical care when your child’s fever lasts longer than three days or is accompanied by any of the following:

  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • Tummy pain
  • Pain in the back
  • Skin rash
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea

Signs of dehydration in babies include crying with few tears, a dry mouth, and significantly fewer wet diapers.

When should adults seek medical care for a fever?

Adults should get medical care for a temperature that’s 103ºF or higher. They also need immediate medical attention when their fever is accompanied by any of the symptoms in the list above for children.

When you need immediate help for a fever, take advantage of the urgent care or walk-in clinic at First Care Bossier. Otherwise, call the office if you have any questions or book an appointment online.

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