Knowing When to Go to the Hospital for a Fever

The average body temperature in a person who is not ill is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When a person’s body temperature is higher than this, it could indicate an underlying infection or other illness. However, it’s important to note that body temperature naturally fluctuates based on other factors such as medications, time of day, and physical activity. Evaluating body temperature along with other symptoms can help inform the decision of whether to go to the hospital. In severe cases, fever may prompt a trip to the Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center .

Evaluating Fever in Infants and Children

Infants who are three months or younger should be seen at a hospital if they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Children older than three months may need to be evaluated if they have a fever of 102 degrees or higher that persists or does not respond to medication. A trip to the hospital is also warranted for fever in children of any age accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Bluish tint of the lips or nails
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Stomach pain
  • Persistent vomiting or inability to keep down fluids
  • Red, swollen rash
  • Stiff neck and severe headache
  • Shaking chills with chest pain

Assessing Fever in Adults

Adults who have a fever that is consistently at or above 103 degrees may need to be seen at a hospital. The same applies to fevers that persist longer than three days or do not respond to medication. A fever by itself does not necessarily indicate a need for emergency care. However, it’s advisable for adults to go to an emergency room if they also experience any of the accompanying symptoms in the above list.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center provides compassionate care for all of your healthcare needs. If you require immediate transportation to our Emergency Room, please call 911 now. If you’re capable of driving to our Emergency Room in Thousand Oaks, yet wish to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital, you can call (877) 888-5746.

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