When Is A Fever Considered An Emergency?

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Caused by an increase in your core body temperature, fevers are all too common. You may have a fever for a number of reasons and surprisingly it might actually be a good thing. Your fever might be a sign that your body is fighting an infection. So at what point is a fever creating an emergency situation? There are two main determining factors, including:

  1. Age

    UPMC HealthBeat claims your age determines at what point you should receive medical attention for a fever. For children younger than 3 months, 100.4 is the magic number. From 3 months to a year, 102.2 is when you should consider medical attention. For adults, your fever may be considered an emergency when it hits 105 or remains above 103 for two days.

  2. Accompanying symptoms

    Your fever by itself will often be nothing to worry about, but with other significant symptoms your fever may be a red flag. Sensitivity to light, confusion, vomiting, and chest pain are just a few symptoms you should be on the lookout for. With these symptoms, your fever might be pointing to more serious illnesses such as infections or hormone imbalances.

You may have been told in the past that a fever is nothing to worry about. While that may be true, sometimes a fever is a warning sign for something much greater. You know yourself and your limits so don’t be afraid to treat your fever like an emergency or stop by your local Family Pharmacy to ask any questions.

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