Fever and Illness: When to See Your Doctor

//Fever and Illness: When to See Your Doctor

It is completely normal for people to get sick from time to time, and often illness does not necessarily mean that you need to go to the doctor. When you have a fever, it is a sign that your body is fighting off whatever illness has overcome you. The fever is actually a good sign in many cases. However, there are some instances in which you should see your doctor for a fever or illness. Here are some indications that you need to see your doctor.

Very High Persistent Fever

If your temperature rises above 103 degrees, you need to see a doctor. A temperature of under 103 degrees is a sign that your immune system is fighting the illness. A fever of over 103 is a sign that your immune system is being unsuccessful in its efforts. A very high fever of over 103 to 105 can also become very dangerous for other reasons.

Other Symptoms

If you have these symptoms accompanied by fever, you should see your doctor. These symptoms are a sign of serious illness. These symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • Rapidly worsening skin rash
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Stiffness and pain in the neck
  • Mental confusion
  • Vomiting that will not desist
  • Difficulty breathing with or without chest pain
  • Abdominal pain during urination
  • Seizures or convulsions

If you have any of these symptoms with fever, you should visit a doctor right away.

Persistent Fever or Symptoms

Even if your symptoms and temperature are not severe, you may need to see a doctor if your symptoms persist for more than one week. Most minor illnesses that cause fever will resolve themselves in one week to 10 days. If your symptoms last longer than this without any sign of improvement, it is time to visit your doctor to discover the cause of your fever and other symptoms.

If you are experiencing illness or fever and need to see a doctor, contact us today for an appointment.