Most of the time, a fever is a sign that your body is fighting off an infection or virus. Fever is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that your body is effectively fighting off whatever is trying to make you sick. Most fevers resolve on their own as the illness goes away, but there are some instances in which a fever can be concerning, or even dangerous. Here’s when to call your doctor for a fever.
Whether or not you should call your doctor for a fever usually depends on how high the fever is. If you have an infant with fever, you should call the doctor when it reaches over 101. If you have a child or healthy adult with fever, you should call the doctor when it reaches over 103. Elderly patients who have underlying medical problems should have the fever addressed by their doctor when it reaches over 101.
Duration of Fever
A fever means your body’s immune system is fighting, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is being successful. If you have a fever that lasts longer than seven days, you should get checked out by a doctor. If the fever lasts that long without breaking, it could mean that your body is not able to fight off what is attacking it. You may need antibiotics or other treatment.
If you have other concerning symptoms with your fever, you should get checked out by your doctor. There are a number of infections and viruses that can cause fever, and they can come with a myriad of symptoms. If nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea has you dehydrated, it could make the fever worse or more dangerous.
If you have been ill and you’re not sure whether you need to see a doctor, it is always better to err on the side of caution. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.