Often when we get sick one of the most noticeable signs is the fever that comes a long with it. Fevers can be an indication of an illness or health issue. If you have a fever, then come into WellCare Urgent Care to get a proper diagnosis and treatment started.

Understanding Fevers

When you have a fever, it can indicate that you have another health issue such as pneumonia or influenza. A fever can lead to other problems such as severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. A low-grade fever means that your body’s immune system is fighting an infection, but if your temperature increases too much, then it can become dangerous. High fevers are especially dangerous for children or senior citizens who can become dehydrated rapidly. For a high fever, you may want to take pain relievers that will reduce your body’s temperature, but this can also prevent the natural healing process.

Side Effects from Having a Fever

There are additional side effects from having a fever that includes:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills

Fevers that Occur In Children

It is a good idea to have thermometers in a first-aid kit so that you can check the temperature levels of children or adults. There are the forehead, ear, rectal, and oral thermometers to check temperatures. If you have children, then you will have a major concern about the dangers of fevers, and here are some of the things to think about:

  • Is the child’s skin dry?
  • Is an infant or toddler still creating a wet diaper?
  • Can a child still drink fluids?
  • Does the child have other problems such as diarrhea or vomiting?
  • Is the child having seizures?
  • Can the child respond to you?
  • Does the child complain about a headache or a stiff neck?
  • Does the child have a rash or hives?
  • Does the child have pain in the body such as near the appendix?

Can You Prevent Fevers?

Most fevers are caused by infectious conditions, and you can avoid infections by using better habits. Some of these good behaviors include:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • Consuming a healthy diet
  • Remaining hydrated
  • Covering your mouth with a handkerchief while sneezing or coughing

If you have a fever, then it is important to remain home and rest so that your body can focus on natural healing. You can use prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers along with taking medications to alleviate diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. To avoid dehydration when you have a fever, make sure to drink plenty of fluids. When you visit an urgent care center, a physician can prescribe antibiotics for illnesses caused by bacteria, but these medications are not recommended for viral infections.

Come into WellCare

If you or your child have a fever, it is imperative to take care of it and start treatment as quickly as possible. Fevers are not to be taken lightly. To get immediate care, come into WellCare Urgent Care center in Grand Rapids. We accept walk-ins and online appointments at our Cascade and Leonard locations.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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