When the fall cold and flu season hit, an important symptom to watch for is fever; it’s often a sign of infection. In general, a fever is a body temperature above these levels:1
- 99° armpit
- 100° oral
- 100.4° temporal artery, ear, or rectal
How do you know whether to talk to a doctor? The following guidelines can help you decide what to do — especially since some people who have a fever may not look or act sick:
|WHEN TO TALK TO A DOCTOR|
|Younger than 3 months||
|6 months-2 years||
WHEN TO SEEK EMERGENCY CARE
Get medical attention immediately if your child has any of these warning signs after being left in a hot car or experiencing any potentially dangerous situation:
- Fever with no sweating
- Severe headache
- Stiff neck
- Repeated vomiting or diarrhea
- Irritability or significant discomfort
- Any unusual or worrisome symptoms
Be sure to download this fever guide and keep it in a handy place at home or the office. Remember, though, that these are only guidelines. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Teladoc.
Being able to tell whether an infection is bacterial or viral can be helpful too:
|BACTERIAL INFECTION||VIRAL INFECTION|
|DURATION and TREATMENT||
When you need help for a non-emergency illness, you can be confident with Teladoc’s board-certified, licensed physicians. If a diagnosis requires medication, the doctor can send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice; you can select the pharmacy through our time-saving mobile app. You can also upload images and even sync your Kinsa™ thermometer and Apple Health data to the app.
No matter what symptoms arise, Teladoc is here 24/7 anywhere in the U.S by app, web, or phone. Not only that, we can share your visit summary with your primary care physician (PCP). How’s that for convenience? Whether you’re caring for yourself or a family member, you’re #CoveredwithTeladoc.
1. All temperatures are Fahrenheit
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