The fever isn’t one specific illness, it’s a common symptom of many different infections. Fevers are defined by an abnormal rise in the body’s temperature, which is sustained over an increased period of time. There’s no set-in-stone temperature that serves as a benchmark, though. Thus, people have constructed their own individualized definition of a fever – with varied temperatures serving as the fever’s unofficial lower-limit.

The body’s standard temperature is 98.6°, and most people agree 100° is a general low-grade fever. However, a healthy adult body may reach 100° throughout the course of the day through normal activities such as exercise and taking their prescribed medication. If a person’s temperature is over 100° for an extended period of time, though, they should consult a physician as it could indicate a more serious illness is at work. Essentially, the body’s regulation of temperature is one of its many natural defense mechanisms, geared to keep the body working at a healthy rate. Fevers also allow us to know when we’re sick, as it alerts us and lets us know when it’s time to do something about it.

Just because a fever may be the result of something serious – such as a viral infection or perhaps even an immunological disease – it’s best to at least consult a physician. Here at AFC Urgent Care North Andover, we offer extensive availability, all on a walk-in basis. With how convenient our center is, you might as well visit us for any symptoms suggesting you have a fever. At the very least, we can let you know whether it’s serious or not. We can diagnose what it is that is causing your fever, and then – if necessary – we can prescribe any medications to treat it.

There are a number of illnesses that cause fevers. A rise in temperature could be something as innocuous as just exercise or even a harmless reaction to different foods or drinks. The following though, may result in actual fevers, which are sustained over long periods of time:

  • Reaction to vaccinations
  • Infections in the bladder, kidney, lung, throat or on the skin
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Blood clots
  • Cancers
  • Skin inflammations
  • Reaction to drugs
  • Metabolic disorders

If you’re experiencing any of the above, visit us right away. Early diagnosis is the first step in fighting a potentially life-threatening illness. We want to provide the residents of North Andover and all of Essex County with the best care possible, so never hesitate to visit us as we’re happy to accommodate any walk-in during our business hours. Stop by anytime between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 5pm on weekends. Feel free to call us at 978-470-0800 for more information!