Is a Fever That Lasts More Than 3 Days Dangerous?

Now that your kids are back in school, chances are that you have either had an illness sweep through your house already or one will be on the horizon in the coming weeks or months. That’s just what happens at this time of year when everyone gets back together to learn once more.

Many different illnesses and conditions can be floating around at any given time, and one of the most common symptoms associated with regular childhood illnesses is a fever.

A fever itself is not inherently a bad thing! Having a fever actually means that your body is responding appropriately to the infection. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Mooresville team explains more about the benefits of fevers below.

What Does a Fever Do?

When your kids contract an illness, their bodies launch an immune response to help get rid of the invader. Part of this immune response is an elevated temperature. Viruses and bacteria can’t grow and replicate as easily in a warmer environment, so your body temperature will rise to stop the spread.

If your child is not feeling well and feels warm, take his or her temperature. Remember that a true fever is not diagnosed until it reaches 100.4 degrees or higher. If your child is feeling miserable, certainly offer OTC fever-reducing medication. If he or she is otherwise feeling and acting OK, you can let the fever do its thing. Leaving it alone can actually help your child feel better faster.

Common Illnesses That Can Cause Fevers

  • Strep throat
  • Influenza
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear Infections

Can a Fever Be Dangerous?

Yes, but that is not as common as a regular low-grade fever. Most fevers will disappear after a few hours or a day as your child’s body wins the battle over the infection. In some cases, fevers can keep rising and become an issue.

If your child’s fever lasts longer than three days, can’t be lowered with medication, or keeps coming back, come see us. Sometimes a more serious underlying condition is occurring and we can take a look. Remember that we are open seven days a week and you can stop by without an appointment when you need us.

When to Seek Medical Attention for a Fever

  • You have a stiff neck with a fever
  • If you become easily confused or disoriented
  • If your fever causes a rash
  • You experience a seizure due to your fever

If you are concerned about your fever, come see us at AFC Urgent Care Mooresville.