When Should Adults Go to the Hospital for a Fever?
Running a fever is a sign that you have an infection and your body is trying to fight it off with a natural immune response. In most cases, the infections that cause fever in adults are treatable with at-home care, but there are situations when you will want to go to the hospital for treatment. Below you’ll see some of the cases where you will want to seek emergency care for a fever rather than trying to treat your illness at home.
You Have a Fever Over 105 Degrees Fahrenheit
Typically, the body will regulate a fever within the range of 100 to 104 degrees. When your body temperature exceeds 105 degrees, there may be a more serious problem if the fever does not readily respond to treatment with over-the-counter medication.
You Have Recently Traveled Internationally
If you have traveled to undeveloped regions in the past several weeks and you are running a fever, it is best to play it safe and seek medical care, since there are many serious illnesses that could be responsible.
You Have an Existing Serious Illness
Illnesses that affect your immune system, such as COPD, HIV, sickle cell anemia, heart problems, and cystic fibrosis, can be easily complicated by a fever, so you may need care in the hospital for any infection that causes fever. Other symptoms to look out for include pain with urination, new rashes or bruises, and a fever that continues to rise above 103 degrees.
Your Fever Has Persisted Longer Than 72 Hours
Usually, a fever will subside once your body has begun to heal and effectively fight off the underlying illness. If your fever continues for more than 72 hours, you may have a more serious infection that warrants hospitalization.
For the immediate medical care you need with fever complications, you can count on the fast and reliable ER at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas . To connect with us for current emergency care wait times or answers to your health questions, call (702) 233-5300.