What Is a Fever? When your body temperature goes above 98.6 (which is considered normal), you are considered to be running a fever. But there are different grades of fever, depending on the temperature. If your temperature is above 98.6 but under 100.4, you are thought to have a low-grade fever. If your fever is above that, it’s important to seek medical attention, particularly if you’re also experiencing symptoms associated with fever.
Signs of a Fever
- Muscle aches
Can I Treat a Fever at Home?Some fevers can be treated at home by drinking plenty of fluids, getting enough rest, applying a cold, damp washcloth on the forehead, and taking an over-the-counter medicine. But there are some signs that indicate you definitely need medical attention to determine the underlying cause of your fever.
When to See a Doctor for a Fever
- Your temperature is 103 or higher.
- The fever has lasted more than three days, whether low- or high-grade.
- You have other symptoms, such as severe headache, throat swelling, skin rash, mental confusion and/or vomiting.