Fever is a symptom and not a disease; it has many possible causes. You can have fever due to viral or bacterial infection or simply too much sun. Fever is a common symptom in children and temperatures between 100°to 104°F in children and adults are not harmful. In most cases fever needs symptomatic treatment (such as fever reducing medications, drinking plenty of fluids, and rest).
Call a doctor for fever if any of these conditions exist:
Call a doctor for fever or consider going to an emergency immediately if fever is associated with any of the following symptoms:
If you have serious medical illnesses, such as cancer or HIV, consult your doctor for mild fever to prevent complications and progression into more serious infection or other conditions.
Fever is a symptom and can be caused by certain illnesses that can be life-threatening. These conditions require that you go immediately to a hospital's emergency department. Some symptoms with fever for which you should go to a hospital include:
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