When to Seek Medical Care for a Fever

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A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit for most people. An elevated body temperature, commonly known as a fever, usually occurs as a response to infection in the body. A low-grade fever ranges from 100 degrees Fahrenheit to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, while a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered intermediate grade for adults.

But how do you know when you should be worried about a fever? There are a few key signs your fever is serious enough to seek medical care. If your body temperature is 103 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (a high-grade fever), has lasted more than seven days or gets worse with time, you should call a doctor immediately. Also, if any of the following symptoms accompany your fever, medical care should be sought:

  • Confusion
  • Stiff neck
  • Severe headache
  • Sore throat and/or difficult swallowing
  • Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Continual vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood in stool
  • Pain with urination
  • Swelling in the leg
  • Heat or swelling of the skin

There are certain illnesses that can happen alongside a fever that require immediate medical care. Anyone suffering from a fever along with a headache and stiff neck should seek emergency medical attention as these are the telltale symptoms of meningitis. Those suffering from increased agitation or confusion with a fever should also be taken to a doctor or hospital.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms with your fever, it’s important to see a doctor immediately. At Denton Regional Urgent Care Center, we offer convenient access to the expert care you expect, when you need it. For the added convenience of our patients, Denton Regional Urgent Care also offers online check-in to make it easy for you to wait wherever you feel most comfortable and to reduce the overall wait times for treatment.

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