Fever Facts

“He’s been running a fever today —99 to 99.4 degrees— and has been a little fussy with a lot of runny nose and cough,” the mother told me. 

More misinformation about fever, I thought to myself, as the child ran around the emergency department exam room.

“We generally consider fever to be 100.4 degrees or higher,” I said in my kindest voice.

The mother cut me off. “No. Ninety-nine degrees is a fever, I know it,” she said with indignant force. 

I felt as if I’d been suddenly shifted into a universe of alternate facts.

More here in my latest for Doximity.

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