A fever often signals an underlying illness, such as the flu. It’s a sign that your immune system is fighting off intruders.
A fever and its underlying cause usually resolve with home care. But sometimes, medical intervention is essential.
With the start of our annual cold, flu, and COVID-19 season, the team at Trinity Salem Family Health Clinic, PLLC, in Waxahachie, Texas, offers guidelines to help you determine when a fever warrants a visit to our office.
A fever is an elevation in your usual body temperature. The standard body temperature is 98.6° F but fluctuates slightly from person to person. There is no shortage of reasons you can get a fever.
Common triggers include:
Your age, temperature reading, and additional symptoms determine how to handle a fever. Here are some readings to keep in mind.
A healthcare professional should evaluate an infant's temperature of 100.4° F or higher.
For babies, toddlers, and children three months or older, a temperature higher than 102.2° F warrants a trip to our office. Children with even a low-grade fever who have significant conditions like cancer or sickle cell disease should always get evaluated by a medical professional.
Unattended, high fevers that persist for extended periods can lead to seizures, particularly in children.
For all ages, seek medical attention immediately if a fever coincides with:
If you’re unsure whether your or your child’s fever requires medical care, always err on the side of caution and give us a call.
Most adults and children can manage low-grade fevers with increased fluid intake, over-the-counter fever-reducing medications, and rest.
Never give a child aspirin, which is associated with an increased risk for Reye's syndrome, a rare but severe condition that causes confusion, swelling in the brain, and liver damage.
Instead, relieve your child’s fever with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).
Come see us if a fever is high or lasts longer than three to five days. The cause may be a bacterial infection that requires a course of antibiotics.
Staying current with immunizations is one of the best ways to prevent illnesses and health complications caused by contagious diseases. Keep yourself, your family, and your friends safe this fall and winter with appropriate vaccines.