Does a Fever Warrant a Trip To the Doctor?
One of the easiest symptoms to identify is whether you have a fever. The average temperature for an individual is considered 98.6°F, however, anything in the range of 97°-99°F is considered normal.
The body’s natural response to an infection is to produce a fever. An increase in body temperature is our immune response to attack the pathogen.
Many people jump to conclusions that they should suppress, or lower the fever as a form of treatment. In reality, the increase in body temperature is a fight response to the infection.
Should You Be Seen For a Fever?
This can be a complicated answer depending on what else may be occurring.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms in addition to a fever you should be seen right away to have a comprehensive evaluation performed.
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- Repeated vomiting
- Severe headache
- Signs of dehydration (dry mouth, dark urine, etc.)
- Trouble breathing
Our comprehensive medical team and facilities will allow us to thoroughly evaluate you with a physical exam, and to the extent it is needed, lab work to help identify the cause of your infection.