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Fever
When a patient has a fever above 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), it could be a medical emergency.
When a patient has a fever above 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius), it could be a medical emergency.
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The mean temperature of patients who visit the emergency room complaining of a fever is 100.6 degrees Fahrenheit (38.1 degrees Celsius) [source: McCaig and Burt]. Fevers that are below 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 degrees Celsius) are usually considered to be a mild symptom, often caused by an infection that the body is trying to fight off, such as a cold or flu.

But when a patient has a fever, plus additional symptoms that include a stiff neck or confusion, which could indicate encephalitis or meningitis, or the fever climbs above 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) or lasts for more than two days it, could be a medical emergency. The chances of most fevers climbing over 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius) is low, but if a fever goes as high as 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius) it puts the patient at risk for brain damage and should be treated immediately [sources: Cleveland Clinic; MedlinePlus].


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