The Urgency Room – High Fever in adults/children
The Urgency Room is your comprehensive one-stop location for your emergency care needs. Our standalone facilities are expertly outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment to handle the variety of aches, pains, breaks and illnesses that come through our doors every day.
We’re open 365 days a year from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM, even holidays, to be your convenient choice for emergency care. Our three locations are situated in Eagan, Woodbury and Vadnais Heights. You can always keep up to date with your nearest location’s waiting time on our website through your computer, tablet or smartphone.
If you or your child has a high fever, don’t hesitate seeking care. Don’t drudge through hours of waiting at your typical emergency room. Instead, have your high fevers treated at your nearest Urgency Room. With short waiting times, friendly staff and highly experienced physicians, you’ll be back to yourself in no time.
High fever in adults
Most adults have a baseline temperature of 98.6 F. When an adult sustains a temperature higher than that for an unusually long period of time, it could be cause for concern and you should consider seeking emergency care at The Urgency Room.
Fevers are a complex illness and can stem from many different types of illnesses or infections. The physicians at The Urgency Room, however, can accurately assess and diagnose the source of your high fever. Fevers occur when the hypothalamus, your body’s “thermostat,” increases your body’s temperature because of fever-producing substances called pyrogens.
When pyrogens are released into your blood, you could wind up with a dangerously high fever. Pyrogens could come from: bacteria, drugs, toxins, viruses and fungi. The severity of a fever and its detrimental results increase the higher your temperature and the longer it persists—which is why getting a high fever treated sooner is always your best option.
Low fever: 100 F – 101 F
Intermediate fever: 102 F
High fever: 103 F – 104 F
Once a fever goes beyond the high level, an adult enters dangerous fever levels (104 F – 107 F). Once a fever reaches the dangerous level, also known as hyperpyrexia, it is a medical emergency and you should seek medical care immediately.
It is difficult to pinpoint the source of a fever as there are an incredible number diseases and illnesses that have high temperatures as a side effect or symptom. And while fevers most frequently accompany a viral illness, our physicians will try and get down to the exact source.
High fever in children
The severity and damage a fever can cause vary by the age of the child. Younger children and infants should be seen by a physician sooner than an adult or teenager would with a similar temperature.
Here are temperature ranges of fever and what to do depending on how old your child with a high fever is:
If your child’s fever matches any of those criteria above, it’s time to seek medical care. As you can see, the rule of thumb for when to seek medical attention for children with a high fever varies dramatically compared with when an adult should seek care for a high fever.
In addition to high or rising temperatures that last longer than 24 hours, a child with a high fever could have other obvious symptoms. Be on the lookout for severe diarrhea, dehydration, repeated vomiting, seizures or rash. Your child is especially susceptible to serious infections if they have any type of immune disorder or haven’t received immunizations.
When minutes matter, especially if your child has a high fever, get to your nearest Urgency Room—we have shorter wait times and state-of-the-art equipment to treat your illness.
When is it time to seek urgent care?
As listed above, the duration one with a high fever should wait to seek medical treatment varies depending on age. An infant should be seen right away even if it has temperatures constituting a low fever in adults. Similarly, an adult can wait until the fever persists for a day or two while a child, depending on its age, should be seen as soon as they’ve had a fever of any temperature for longer than 24 hours.
You may try fever-reducing medicines (ones containing acetaminophen) before seeking urgent care, however, call a physician before having a child take a child-formula of this type of medicine. Don’t give your child aspirin.
How can The Urgency Room treat high fevers in adults and children?
The Urgency Room in Eagan, Vadnais Heights or Woodbury are well-equipped to take care of you or your child when experiencing a high fever. Prolonged fever or dangerously high fevers can cause an onslaught of residual health problems, so it is always best to seek care than ignore the problem.
All three Urgency Room locations are equipped with physicians who have extensive emergency room experience as well as equipment to assess, diagnose and treat your illnesses, injuries and more.
- X-ray machines
- CT scanner
- High-complexity lab
- Sedation for adults and children
And once you leave our facilities, The Urgency Room has a large library of at-home aftercare videos for you to reference even after you’ve left our in-person care. Before, during and after illness, The Urgency Room has your well-being as our first priority.
If you’re in need of emergency care in the Twin Cities, look no further than The Urgency Room and avoid the crowds and long waits with your typical emergency room. Our facilities are owned and operated by members of the Emergency Physicians Professional Association, our board-certified physicians are here for you when you need medical care the most. We’ll always provide you with exceptional emergency care closer to home.