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If you have a fever, it means your core body temperature has risen above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (°F).
A fever is your body’s normal immune reaction to the presence of infections, illness, and other conditions. For adults, a high fever is any temperature above 103 °F. In children, a high fever is 104 °F and up. In babies three months and younger, a high fever is a body temperature of 100.4 °F or more.
If you are unsure about a high fever in Central California, visit your nearest hospital emergency room for peace of mind. It is better to be cautious and seek the advice of a trained medical professional.
Dignity Health Central California provides emergency care at these locations:
If you prefer to wait in the comfort of your own home before you go to the ER, use our online scheduling tool, InQuicker, to select your estimated hospital arrival time.
In addition to a high fever, other symptoms may be present, such as body aches, chills, sweats, loss of appetite, and fatigue.
You should get emergency medical care for a high fever with these symptoms:
A high fever in infants can signal a serious infection and should be treated promptly by a doctor. You should see a doctor for high fever lasting more than 48 hours. If you have a chronic medical condition or if you have been out of the country and you have a high fever, see a doctor as soon as possible.
High-grade fevers are typically caused by viral or bacterial infections, including:
Other causes of fever can include:
Our primary care, family medicine, and emergency room doctors all deliver reliable diagnosis and treatment for high fevers in adults and children. Treatment for high fever depends on the underlying cause and your personal preferences. In most cases, Dignity Health Central California doctors prescribe medications to reduce fever and ease related symptoms. If there is an infection, your doctor can treat this with appropriate medicine.
Dignity Health Central California delivers compassionate care for high fever in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.