When to see a doctor for fever?


Fever is one of the most common symptoms and is associated with a vast number of diseases/conditions. It is usually accompanied by other signs of common cold and flu, such as coryza, stuffed nose, headache and weakness, and does not last more than 5 days.

So when to see a doctor? Here are certain pointers which if present suggest you get some medical help:

High Fever: Normal body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above 103 is considered high fever, and should not be taken lightly.

Prolonged Fever: Normally fevers due to common cold don’t last more than 3-4 days. If you have fever for over 5-6 days, it’s indicative of some other infection in your body that needs treatment. In such cases, getting a CBC done helps to assess the severity and extent of infection.

Presence of other symptoms: Presence of other symptoms like chest pain, asthma, seizures, etc are not normal and could be a sign of heart disease, pneumonia, meningitis etc.

Severe body ache: While minor aches and stiffness in joints are normal, severe pains may suggest Dengue, Chikunguniya, etc. Disease specific blood tests are recommended in these cases.

Author: Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri

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