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.

Why Do You Get a Fever?

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
  • Rash
  • 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.

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