A fever is one of the most common signs that your body is going through something. Usually, it is working on fighting an infection or battling another type of illness. Of course, COVID-19 also means that people are paying more attention to fevers these days. Regardless of your other symptoms, it is important to monitor your fever and seek help if needed. But how do you know if you have a fever? We will share a few key warning signs below.
What Temperature Is a Fever?
In general, a fever is a temperature above 100.4 degrees (F). Of course, taking your temperature is the easiest way to know if you have a fever. But what if you don’t have a thermometer? There are other symptoms you can look for. However, plan ahead and purchase a thermometer for future use. They are cheap, easy to find, and certainly, come in handy!
Other Key Symptoms
Other fever symptoms include chills, flushed skin, body aches, and feeling generally unwell. Fevers can also cause sweating and dehydration. Of course, the most common sign of fever is being hot to the touch. Ask a loved one to feel your forehead if you do not have a thermometer handy.
Changes in Your Fever
It is also important to monitor your fever for changes. This can include changes in your temperature or also changes in your symptoms. Seek medical help if either gets progressively worse.
When to Seek Help
While most fevers break on their own, some require medical help. Always see a doctor if your fever rises above 104 degrees or if you have a fever for more than 3 days. You should also see your doctor immediately if you think you may have COVID-19.
Emergency Care for Fever
Emergency Hospital Networks is here for fever care when you need it most. We have four locations in the Houston area and can help you treat your fever and any other underlying symptoms. Click here to find the EHS location closest to you.