Check your temperature twice a day. This is a good way to monitor for infection—even if you don’t have other symptoms. Take your temperature before you call your doctor or the clinic with a problem.
Always call if your temperature is 100.5 or greater orally, no matter what time of the day or night, weekend or holiday, as it may be a sign of infection. Signs and symptoms of infection include:
- Shaking chills which may signal a rapidly rising temperature. If these occur, take your temperature immediately and call your doctor if it is 100.5 degrees or greater
- Foul smelling, cloudy or bloody urine, pain and/or burning upon urination
- Persistent cough; productive cough
- Redness, swelling, and/or pain anywhere else, such as an old IV site or a stubbed toe that will not heal
- Ear pain
- Headache or bad sinus pain
- Stiff or sore neck
- Skin rash
- Sores or white coating on your tongue or mouth
Remember: Always call if you’re not feeling well and have a fever. All fevers go up and down. Do not wait to call the doctor or nurse.
To prevent infection, do the following:
- Wash your hands often during the day. Be sure to wash them well before you eat and after you use the bathroom.
- Stay away from people who have illnesses you can catch such as cold, flu, measles, or chicken pox. Also try to avoid crowds.
- Avoid major dental work. Call your nurses to discuss routine cleaning.