When to Call the Doctor: Fever, Nausea, Flu, Cold (cont.)

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Possible causes of fever are:

  • Fever, muscle aches, and dry cough are likely caused by a viral infection such as influenza (flu).
  • Fever and a stuffed up head is likely due to another viral infection, the common cold.
  • Fever with a cough that produces colored sputum may be pneumonia.
  • Any time there is shortness of breath or chest pain with fever, those symptoms should not be ignored.
  • Fever and abdominal pain is not normal and the affected individual should see their healthcare professional.
  • Watchful waiting is reasonable for a person with fever and no other symptoms, as long as they feel and look reasonably well.

When to call the doctor for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are just plain miserable for most people. The concern with this combination is dehydration fluid loss. The key to treating vomiting and diarrhea is letting the stomach and bowel rest (generally achieved by a clear liquid diet). Clear fluids (anything you can see through like water, clear broth, apple juice, Gatorade/Powerade) taken in small amounts (small sips), may be all that is needed to avoid off dehydration.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/30/2014