An ongoing fever that does not get better with home treatment, such as taking acetaminophen, or that does not improve after several days may mean that you have a more serious problem, such as a bacterial infection. Talk to your doctor if:
- A fever develops and you have other health risks, such as diabetes or other chronic conditions.
- A fever develops with other symptoms, such as symptoms of a kidney infection.
- Dehydration develops.
- A mild fever without an obvious cause lasts longer than 4 full days.
- A fever without an obvious cause comes back more than once in 3 weeks.
- A fever with an increase in vaginal discharge or a bad smell from vaginal discharge.
Remember, fever is only a symptom. Often the importance of a fever can only be seen when other symptoms are present.