When you're sick, keeping tabs on your temperature can tell you when it’s time to get help—and tell your doctor what you need. People can generally ride out low-grade fevers (those below 100 degrees) on their own, but it’s best not to leave higher fevers alone for more than a few days before seeing the doctor, Khatri says. And being able to tell your doc how long your fever has been lingering will make it easier to prescribe the right treatment, whether that’s a dose of antibiotics or sending you home for more R&R.
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