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When is a fever dangerous?

Individual body temperatures can fluctuate a little bit, but a general healthy body temperature is 98.6. Anything a few degrees above that is a fever, and should be monitored closely.

Sweating, shivering, headaches and muscle aches are normal symptoms, but more severe symptoms may mean it’s time to head to the doctor.

Watch for:

  • Excessive vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Fevers lasting longer than a day

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