The great British physician Sir William Osler said that “mankind has three enemies: war, famine, and fever, the worst of which is fever.” Fever is a very concerning finding for both doctors and patients, and many infections cause a fever. However, it's estimated that roughly two-thirds of fevers are not caused by infections. Dr. Gallaher can see patients in and out of the hospital to help other physicians when a cause of a fever is unknown after being investigated (also known as fever of unknown origin).
In cases of infection, your fever may also be accompanied by other signs of infection, such as redness and severe irritation from a cut or open wound. However, as stated above, two-thirds of all fevers are the result of something other than an infection. It's important to seek proper diagnosis from your physician and an infectious disease specialist. In many cases, fever is a symptom of a greater problem, which is why it is so important to closely monitor fevers and determine their origin.
Treatment options for fever depend greatly on what is causing the fever. Often, physicians recommend that you take an over-the-counter medication to control the fever and your body temperature. If the fever is a result of an infection, a round of antibiotics may be prescribed by your physician. If the infection is more severe, another treatment option may be necessary or intensive IV therapy may be required. If the fever is the result of something other than an infection, over-the-counter medication may still be recommended in addition to another prescribed medication. However, some over-the-counter medications may interact poorly with medicines, like blood thinners. Be sure to check with your physician prior to taking any medication to abate the symptoms of a fever if you are taking additional medication. And if you develop a fever after you have begun a prescribed medication, contact your physician immediately.