When to Seek Medical Care for Adults

See a doctor any time there is concern about how the adult is looking or acting.

See a doctor if an adult has: Go to the emergency room if your child is:
  • Fever of 100.4º F (38º C) or higher for 48 hours.
  • Breathing with difficulty or pain.
  • Combination of fever with sore throat, headache, severe earache, stomach ache, muscle aches that do not improve.
  • Feeling short of breath while resting.
  • Hoarse, barking cough.
  • Coughing bloody sputum or phlegm.
  • History of heart or lung disease or any chronic disease that requires medical care.
  • Feeling chest pain.
  • History of disease or treatment that weakens the immune system.
  • Having continuous vomiting and/or diarrhea.


  • Drowsy, difficult to arouse or is unresponsive.


  • Showing signs of disorientation or confusion.


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