Common Signs of a Fever and When to See a Doctor

Fever is mostly referred to as a tentative increase in the body’s temperature resulting from an illness. An abnormal rise in the body’s temperature shows something wrong. In adults, a slight increase in body temperature means no harm. However, at a temperature of about 103F (39.4C), a doctor’s attention is needed. A consistent rise in the temperature of a child needs medical attention as soon as possible.

Fever, most times, is very easy to identify. However, certain things should be observed or seen before concluding that an individual has a fever. These signs are;

Increase in Temperature

This is one of the easiest ways to identify that a person has a fever. Fever is ultimately characterized by an increase in the body’s temperature above 100.4 degrees. In some cases, the elevation of body temperature exists for just a few minutes after using medications (over the counter or prescribed). An increase in temperature that lasts for a day or two should be quickly reported to the doctor because fever is a significant symptom of different medical conditions. A slight increase in a child’s body temperature is not an essential concern because they always seem remarkably unaffected, still eating and drinking correctly and playful. However, a reoccurring increase in temperature should be reported to a doctor.