Fever Specialist

Primary Care Walk-in Medical Clinic

Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic located in Gilbert, AZ & Fountain Hills, AZ

A fever, or a temporary increase in your body temperature, is a sign that something is awry in your body and you may be fighting off an infection. If you or your child has a fever, Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic offers prompt medical care in Gilbert and Fountain Hills, Arizona. You can walk in during business hours, or you can click on the online scheduler to book an appointment or call to speak with a team member.

Fever

What causes a fever?

A fever isn’t a condition on its own, rather, it’s a symptom or side effect of an illness or ailment. If your body temperature is higher than the average temperature of 98.6° F, it could be caused by:

  • Chronic inflammatory conditions
  • Viral or bacterial infections 
  • Heat exhaustion

Occasionally, immunizations — including diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) — lead to fever, which is common in children. Or if you recently started taking a new medication, especially antibiotic or high blood pressure drugs, it could be causing your fever.  

When should I see a doctor for a fever?

The compassionate medical team at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic encourages you to come in any time you or your little one is experiencing a fever. After all, it could be a sign of illness, and early intervention can prevent the progression of your any infection. 

It’s particularly important to come in for an exam if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Cold sweats
  • Shivering 
  • Fatigue 

For generally healthy adults, having a fever isn’t typically a medical concern until your fever reaches 103° F or higher. But children need to be seen by a doctor anytime their temperature is elevated, especially if you have a baby with a rectal temperature of 100.4-102° F (or higher). 

How is a fever treated?

To resolve a fever, your dedicated physician at Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic has to determine the underlying cause. They may run lab tests — blood or urine — to get to the root of what’s causing your fever. Depending on your diagnosis, your fever treatment plan may include:

  • Over-the-counter acetaminophen medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antibiotic or antiviral prescription drugs (oral pills or liquids)

Your physician is also likely to encourage you to take it easy for several days and drink plenty of fluids. If your fever hasn’t improved or resolved within 24-48 hours, you may need to come back to Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic for a follow-up visit. 

If you have a fever, contact Primary Care Walk - In Medical Clinic right away for an evaluation. You can conveniently schedule an appointment through the website or over the phone.