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Infections and Fever Treatment Questions and Answers

If you have suffered a wound, do not let it lead to an infection that may cause a fever. Here at AFC Urgent Care, we are here to help you. If you suspect you have an infection and a fever from your infection, walk-in to our clinic to see a professional today or simply call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Mission Valley CA, San Diego CA, Coronado CA, National City CA, Lemon Grove CA, Chula Vista CA and Solana Beach CA.

Infections and Fever Treatment Questions and Answers

Infections are a common ailment when an open wound has been sustained, whether it is from a cut, burn or abrasion. If left untreated, an infection can spread to other parts of the body and compromise other systems. If a fever is experienced alongside an infection, seek medical attention immediately.

When should you go to urgent care for fever?

If your child is experiencing a high fever (over 102ºF) for two days or more, or if any of these symptoms accompany a fever, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cannot keep fluids down
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Does not look well
  • Does not urinate
  • Experiences burning while urinating
  • Not eating
  • Rash
  • Stiff neck

For fever in adults, seek medical care right away if they are experiencing a fever that lasts longer than two days, or if the fever is accompanied by any of these symptoms:

  • A headache pain you’ve never felt before
  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning during urination
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • If you may have a compromised immune system
  • If you have recently had chemotherapy

How do I know if I have an infection?

Infection can develop in any type of wound. Wounds can be surgical and made during an operation, or caused by an injury or trauma. Traumatic wounds could be a result of accidents, falls, bites, fights or weapons. They may be cuts, abrasions, lacerations or grazes. Developing an infection is more likely in certain types of wounds. Wound infections can be prevented. An infected wound may:

  • Become more painful, instead of gradually improving.
  • Look red around the skin edges, which may feel warm or hot.
  • Look swollen.
  • Ooze a yellow material (pus) which may have a foul odor.
  • If the infection continues to spread, the redness will develop to more areas of skin. You may feel a general state of illness or unease (malaise), with a temperature and aches and pains.

Can an infection cause a fever?

Yes, infections are one of the primary causes of fevers. When your body is fighting off an infection caused by a virus or bacteria, the body temperature is raised and this manifests as a fever. Common infections that cause fevers include influenza, meningitis, encephalitis and sinus infections.

When should I go to an urgent care for an infection and fever vs. going to an emergency clinic?

While urgent care clinics are great healthcare facilities to receive a broad range of care, they are not designed to handle emergency situations. These cases are better handled at a hospital emergency room. In the case of an infection and a high fever, this can quickly lead to a serious situation and should be handled as such. When an infection causes a high fever (over 102ºF), especially in children, it is imperative to visit the ER, as an urgent care facility is not equipped for medical emergencies.

If you or someone you know has a fever or an infection, come to AFC Urgent Care Mission Valley for treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating infections and fevers and can help you get on the path to wellness today. For more information on our fever and infections treatment, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our fever and infection specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.

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