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Should I call the doctor because of a fever?

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If you've had a fever for more than several days, or if you have fever and other symptoms like severe vomiting, diarrhea, earache or cough, call your doctor.

Always call a doctor for fever in infants 3 months of age or younger. Also see your doctor if a child under age 2 has a fever above 102 F or if they have a fever for more than a day or two.

People with a suppressed immune system, such as those with HIV, those who've had an organ transplant, those who are taking chemotherapy, or those who have any other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, should also give the doctor a call.

SOURCES:

Glasser, R. , March 2005. Nature Reviews: Immunology

WebMD Feature: "Top 12 Flu Myths."

WebMD Medical Reference in Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic: "Allergy Shots."

WebMD Health News: "Cautious Optimism Over Cancer Vaccine."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Drinking Tea May Boost Immune System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "When Your Infant or Child Has a Fever."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Diet, Exercise, Stress and the Immune System."

Harvard Health Report: "The Truth About Your Immune System."

Rowe, C. , October 2007. Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Glasser, R. , March 2005. Nature Reviews: Immunology

WebMD Feature: "Top 12 Flu Myths."

WebMD Medical Reference in Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic: "Allergy Shots."

WebMD Health News: "Cautious Optimism Over Cancer Vaccine."

Brigham and Women's Hospital: "Drinking Tea May Boost Immune System."

FamilyDoctor.org: "When Your Infant or Child Has a Fever."

The Cleveland Clinic: "Diet, Exercise, Stress and the Immune System."

Harvard Health Report: "The Truth About Your Immune System."

Rowe, C. , October 2007. Journal of the American College of Nutrition

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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