A fever is an elevated body temperature that is natural when your body is working to fight an illness. While a fever can be annoying and may make you feel hot or even chilled and even zap your energy level, it is generally just a symptom of being sick and isn’t a very big deal.
In fact, fevers play an important role in helping your body to fight off infection. Fevers generally go away on their own within a few days and there are plenty of over-the-counter medications you can take to help lower your fever if it is bothering you. So, how do you know when a fever has got you a little too heated and when it’s time to see a doctor?
What is a Fever?
A fever is defined as a body temperature above normal, generally considered 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Although, for some people their normal body temperature may be slightly higher or lower than this. To measure and accurate body temperature, try one of these tried and true methods:
● Place a thermometer under your armpit and cross your arms, to create a tight seal around the thermometer tip.
● Place a thermometer under your tongue and close your mouth to create a tight seal around the thermometer tip.
A temporal (taken at the temples on the head) temperature can be a quick and easy way to get a general idea of your body temperature, but does not tend to produce the most accurate measurement. For best results, try one of the methods mentioned above.
When to See a Doctor for a Fever
The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults see a doctor for a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit and above. You should also call the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms along with a fever:
● Severe headache
● Stiff neck and pain when bending forward
● Unusual sensitivity to light
● Unusual skin rash
● Persistent vomiting
● Difficulty breathing or chest pain
● Abdominal pain or pain upon urinating
● Seizures or convulsions
If you think your fever is a result of the flu, you should consult a doctor as well. He/she will likely prescribe a medication like Tamiflu to reduce the severity of the virus.
If you feel that your fever is cause for concern, give the doctors at PlushCare a call. They will be more than happy to speak with you at your convenience and without a long wait. Plus, you can speak with them right from the comfort of your own home or on your lunch break at work on any phone, tablet, or computer.