Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever? Practical Advice from UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Your Miami, FL, Neighborhood
A fever may be a sign that your body is fighting off an infection — and that’s a good thing. However, a very high body temperature (generally above 102 degrees Fahrenheit) should receive emergency medical attention. Lower fevers can often be allowed to run their course, but if they cause discomfort, treatment received in a physician’s office or urgent care center can be beneficial. At UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, FL, we can provide caring, professional fever treatment to help you feel better.
When fever treatment is necessary, it can vary based on the underlying cause of the elevated body temperature. Therefore, the board-certified, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System physicians at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, Florida, won’t simply treat your fever — we’ll also determine the reason that your body’s natural immune system response was triggered in the first place.
The cause of a fever that accompanies a common cold or flu is a viral infection that does not require any specific treatment. To increase your comfort while your body works hard to keep an infection at bay, you should:
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and help keep your body cool
- Eat light foods that are easy to digest
- Take an over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, or aspirin, as needed to help relieve your head and body aches and lower your body temperature
- Take a slightly warm bath or apply damp washcloths to your wrists and forehead
- Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing (even if you have chills)
On the other hand, if we determine that your fever is caused by a bacterial infection, we can prescribe antibiotic medications to help fight off the infection itself.
For prompt and effective fever treatment, you can stop by a UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center when it’s most convenient for you. We have several locations in the Miami, FL, area, and we welcome patients on a walk-in basis between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily.