When Should I Worry About a Fever?

Are you feeling a little flushed? Or are you actually running a full-blown fever?

A fever is a temporary increase in your body temperature, and it’s often caused by some type of infection. Some fevers are very minor and go away on their own, but it’s important to know when a fever could signal a need for medical attention.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to share some insight on the topic. Read on as we take a look.

What Is Considered a Fever?

You are considered to have a fever anytime your body temperature rises above its normal range. The key there is your normal—while the average normal body temperature is 98.6, what’s normal for you may be slightly higher or lower.

A fever typically isn’t considered a cause for concern, though, unless it hits 103 in adults. A temperature of 100.4 measured rectally is considered high for kids.

  • Sweating or chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Mood changes or irritability
  • Weakness
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of appetite

When Should You See a Doctor About Your Fever?

In many cases, fever will go away on its own as quickly as it came. Most fevers are not a cause for concern, particularly if they aren’t accompanied by any symptoms.

However, if your fever is 103 or above (or 100.4 in kids) or it lasts longer than a couple days, talk with a doctor about what you’re experiencing. If your fever is accompanied by the symptoms listed above and they worsen, seek prompt medical attention.

How to Handle a Fever

  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as directed.
  • Bathe in lukewarm water.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Use a light cover or sheet.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Have a fever that isn’t going away? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today for a medical evaluation—no appointment is needed.