Infections

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.