A fever is your body's normal reaction to illness or inflammation. When your temperature goes up, it's a sign that your body is doing what it should to protect you. Keep in mind that a fever is typically not dangerous—but it can make you feel miserable. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your fever and help yourself feel better.
First things first: if you have a fever and are concerned about your health, see a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Here at The Urgency Room, we staff board-certified physicians who can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. During your examination, if your Urgency Room healthcare provider finds no signs that your fever is from a dangerous or life-threatening problem, he or she will likely tell you that it’s okay to go home. However, sometimes the signs of a serious illness don't show up right away. If you have new or worsening symptoms, you may need to be seen again at The Urgency Room or by your primary doctor.
Once your doctor has sent you home, you can take a look at this helpful list to get you started on the road to recovery. Additionally, this information is meant for adults experiencing a fever. If your child has a fever, you may need to take different steps.
Make sure to fill any prescriptions the doctor gave you right away, and take your medication as directed. Since most infections are caused by a virus, antibiotics won't help—but your doctor may prescribe other medication.
If your doctor does determine that your fever is due to something besides a virus, you may have received antibiotics. Make sure to finish the entire course as directed—even if you no longer have a fever.
Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids—especially water. Additionally, the clothes or blankets that you have on won't change your fever, so feel free to do whatever is comfortable for you.
Fevers can often make you feel quite cold or hot. If you’re feeling too warm, bathing or sponging in lukewarm water may provide some relief and help you feel better.
Taking over-the-counter fever medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can bring your temperature down and may help you feel more comfortable. Be sure to read and follow the package directions—they’ll explain how much you should take and when to take it. Ask your doctor if you have any questions, and remember that it's important that you don't drink alcohol while you have a fever or are taking pain medications.
Come back to The Urgency Room if you’re not getting better after three to five days, or you experience any other symptoms that worry you. Return right away if you experience the following:
Your Urgency Room doctor may have told you to follow up at your clinic—be sure to call right away to make an appointment. Even if you're feeling better, it's a good idea to check in with your primary physician. If you have any trouble getting in to see your regular doctor, come back to one of our convenient locations for a follow-up visit.
Whenever you're concerned about your health, just stop by The Urgency Room. Our experienced doctors and staff are here for you. We hope you feel better soon!
These videos are intended to provide helpful health information to the general public. They are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat health problems, and you should not use these videos in place of a call or visit to a medical professional. Talk with your physician about the proper treatment for your particular condition, and always follow your physician's advice. If you think you need an ambulance or are experiencing a medical emergency, please dial 911 immediately.