A fever is usually a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body. For an adult, a fever may be uncomfortable, but fever usually isn’t dangerous unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. For very young children and infants, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection.
But the degree of fever doesn’t necessarily indicate the seriousness of the underlying condition. A minor illness may cause a high fever, and a more serious illness may cause a low fever.
Usually a fever goes away within a few days. A number of over-the-counter medications lower a fever, but sometimes it’s better left untreated. Fever seems to play a key role in helping your body fight off a number of infections.
You have a fever when your temperature rises above its normal range. What’s normal for you may be a little higher or lower than the average normal temperature of 98.6 F (37 C).
Depending on what’s causing your fever, additional fever signs and symptoms may include:
High fevers between 103 F (39.4 C) and 106 F (41.1 C) may cause:
When to see a doctor
Fevers by themselves may not be a cause for alarm — or a reason to call a doctor. Yet there are some circumstances when you should seek medical advice for your baby, your child or yourself.
Taking a temperature
To check your or your child’s temperature, you can choose from several types of thermometers, including oral, rectal and ear (tympanic) thermometers.
Although it’s not the most accurate way to take a temperature, you can use an oral thermometer for an armpit (axillary) reading:
Use a rectal thermometer for infants:
An unexplained fever is greater cause for concern in infants and in children than in adults. Call your baby’s doctor if your baby has a fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or higher. Also call your baby’s doctor if your baby:
There’s probably no cause for alarm if your child has a fever but is responsive — making eye contact with you and responding to your facial expressions and to your voice — and is drinking fluids and playing.
Call your child’s doctor if your child:
Ask your child’s doctor for guidance in special circumstances, such as a child with immune system problems or with a pre-existing illness. Your child’s doctor also may recommend precautions if your child has just started taking a new prescription medicine.
Call your doctor if:
In addition, seek immediate medical attention if any of these signs or symptoms accompanies a fever:
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