A fever is a warning sign in your body that something is abnormal. A severe fever over 103 degrees Fahrenheit in adults or 102 degrees Fahrenheit for babies and toddlers can be a cause for concern. For infants and toddlers, an elevated temperature could be a signal of an infection. Without proper medical treatment, this symptom can lead to fatal health conditions. Severe fever treatment from Dr. Daniel Benhuri can help relieve symptoms for adults and children in Beverly Hills, California.
Symptoms of Severe Fever
Other signs and symptoms associated with severe fever outside of an elevated body temperature may include sweating, chills, headache, muscle aches and loss of appetite. You may also experience irritability and dehydration. Fevers can cause seizures in children under five years old. Seek emergency treatment if you experience mental confusion, persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing or seizures. Other signs for emergency treatment include severe headache, unusual skin rash, sensitivity to bright light and a stiff neck.
Causes and Treatment of Severe Fever
A fever begins when your normal body temperature rises out of normal range. This reaction can be a signal that your body is fighting off infection by raising body temperature to kill invading germs. A severe fever may be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, heat exhaustion, inflammatory health conditions and certain medications. Fevers can fade away without treatment. You can prevent fevers by washing your hands, avoiding contact with your nose and mouth and not sharing personal items.
Treatment may depend on the cause. Common treatment options include acetaminophen and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. Fever caused by bacterial infection may be treated with antibiotics. Drinking water and getting rest can be beneficial for relieving symptoms. Your primary care doctor can give you specific recommendations with treatment for your needs.
Beverly Hills Severe Fever Treatment
Fever can be beneficial for fighting off infection, but harmful if body temperatures become excessively elevated. Severe fever treatment can help keep symptoms under control. Dr. Daniel Benhuri is currently accepting new patients in Beverly Hills, California. Extended urgent care hours are available in the evenings and on weekends. Schedule an appointment today.