High Fever
While most fevers are caused by the body fighting an infection, there can be many other causes.

When is a fever dangerous?

Go to the nearest ER or call 9-1-1 if you experience:

  • A fever of 104 degrees or above
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Irritable or erratic behavior

A high fever can be a result of any of the following conditions:

  • Infections - may be serious; commonly found in ear, skin, throat, lungs, kidney or bladder
  • Cold or flu - typically result in fever at or below 104 degrees in adults
  • Bronchitis - inflammation of the lining of your bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs
  • Strep throat - bacterial infection in the throat and/or tonsils, can generate high fevers in children and adults
  • Urinary tract infections - typically with low- or moderate-grade fever
  • Mononucleosis - is a viral infection, also known as mono, that causes fever, sore throat, and swollen glands

This list is not inclusive of all possible medical emergencies. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.

5 Convenient ER Locations
ERs Nearby in Powell & Knoxville


North Knoxville Medical Center

7565 Dannaher Dr.
Powell, TN 37849


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Turkey Creek Medical Center

10820 Parkside Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37934


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Avg. ER Wait:
4 minutes

Jefferson Memorial Hospital

110 Hospital Dr.
Jefferson City, TN 37760


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Newport Medical Center

435 Second St.
Newport, TN 37821


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7 minutes

LaFollette Medical Center

923 E Central Ave.
LaFollette, TN 37766


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Abdominal Pain

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High Fever

While most fevers are caused by the body fighting an infection, there can be many other causes. View symptoms & know when to go to the ER.

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Dizziness

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Chest Pain

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