What’s Considered a Fever And When to See a Doctor

Friday, May 20th, 2022, 3:54 am

A fever is your body’s method of protecting itself against infection. When you have a fever, your body temperature will temporarily rise. It’s considered a low-grade fever if it reaches a temperature of at least 99℉ and a high fever if it reaches a temperature of 102℉ or higher. 

When To See a Doctor For a Fever

In most cases, you won’t need to head to the doctor’s office for a fever. Most fevers aren’t a reason to worry and pass on their own within a couple of days. 

However, you should promptly visit a doctor for an evaluation if you experience:

  • A fever that reaches or exceeds 103℉
  • A fever that persists for a week or longer
  • Have an underlying medical condition

Additionally, adults should receive medical attention if they experience any of the following symptoms along with a fever:

  • Rash
  • Severe headache
  • Neck pain and stiffness when bending the head forward
  • Recurrent vomiting
  • Confusion, odd behavior, or changes in speech
  • Abnormal light sensitivity
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain while urinating
  • Seizures or convulsions

When To Visit a Doctor If Your Child Has a Fever

The guidelines for seeking medical care for children with fever differ from the guidelines for adults. 

You should contact your doctor if you have:

  • An infant younger than three months old with a temperature of 100.4℉
  • An infant between three and six months old with a temperature over 102℉
  • A child between seven and 24 months old with a temperature over 102℉ that lasts longer than a day (if symptoms other than the fever are present, you may call sooner)
  • A child older than three months old with a temperature over 104℉ 

Additionally, if your child has a fever and isn’t responsive, contact your child’s medical provider immediately. 

At Suncoast Urgent Care, we offer prompt care for fevers in adults and children. Contact us today for more information. 

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Category: Infections

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