Is it getting hot in here or is it just you? If you’re sweating in your air conditioned office and feeling tired despite your two cups of coffee this morning, you could be experiencing fever symptoms. Deciding when to see a doctor for fever symptoms will depend on your age, health history, and what other symptoms accompany your fever.

When To See A Doctor for Fever Symptoms

Fever in adults, when to worry:

Believe it or not, some fevers are natural and healthy. Your body will raise your usual temperature of 98.6 degrees up to 102 degrees to kill bacteria that cannot live in high temperatures. Some doctors even argue that a temperature of 103-104 degrees can last for short amounts of time without being harmful.

Before deciding if you should see a doctor, try a fever treatment like taking a lukewarm bath and increasing your liquid intake. However, if nothing is helping you’ll want to see a doctor if:

  • Your temperature of 104 degrees lasts two hours or more
  • Your temperature of 102 degrees or higher lasts two days
  • Your temperature of 101 degrees or higher lasts three days
  • Your temperature of 100 degrees or higher last four days

Some fever causes are serious illnesses like pneumonia or the flu. High fever in adults is especially concerning, and you should see a doctor right away if the following fever symptoms accompany a high temperature:

  • Shortness of breath, coughing, and brown phlegm, especially if you are 65 or older
  • Pain in your cheekbones and around your eyes
  • Pain in the abdomen, along with nausea or vomiting
  • Stiffness in the neck, headache, sensitivity to light
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • If you have been exposed to high heat and your temperature won’t go down

Fever in children, when to worry:

Fever in children is much more concerning than fever symptoms in adults. If you have a child, see a doctor if:

  • Your child is under three months with a fever of 110.4 degrees
  • Your child is between three and six months with a fever of 101 degrees or higher
  • Your child is six months or older with a fever of 103 degrees or higher
  • Your child of any age is displaying a temperature between 104 and 105 degrees

You will also want to watch for the following fever symptoms as the fever causes could be a more serious illness:

  • Any raised temperatures lasting more than one to two days
  • Dry mouth, sunken soft spot, or fewer wet diapers
  • Fever and pain urinating
  • Lethargy and loss of appetite
  • Seizures

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