Transitioning into adulthood is a slow process. And sometimes it seems like certain purchases are road-markers that indicate how you're coming along — you start with a sewing kit and eventually have an entire tool box you know how to use in the apartment. But, nobody's perfect, and sometimes you're left without the one thing you need most. Luckily, you can learn how to tell if you have a fever even if you don't have a thermometer on your nightstand.
“Fevers are our body's way of fighting off infections," Rebecca Lee, registered nurse and founder of the natural health resource RemediesForMe.com, tells Bustle. "These are a few thing you can do at home to help your body along as the fever runs its course." These things include staying in bed, getting rest, and staying as hydrated as possible. Figuring out whether you have a fever in the first case can be tricky, but it's really important.
Knowing your temperature can indicate whether or not you need to go to the emergency room. Even if it's a low temperature, knowing what's going on with your body is the first step towards feeling better. If you have a doctor's appointment scheduled for the next day, keeping an eye on your symptoms will help your GP better take care of you. And even if you don't have a thermometer, learning these indicators can be another step towards getting well.
Here are seven ways to tell if you have a fever, even if there's no thermometer in sight.