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A fever is a high body temperature. A fever is one way your body fights illness. A temperature of up to 38.9°C can be helpful, because it helps the body respond to infection. Most healthy teens can tolerate a fever as high as 39.4°C to 40°C for short periods of time without problems. In most cases, a fever means you have a minor illness.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger MD
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