3 Ways to Tell if You’re too Sick for Work

3 Ways to Tell if You’re too Sick for Work

The symptoms are classic – a runny nose, the chills, a fever – and you’re feeling absolutely exhausted.

Now you’re wondering whether to suck it up and drag yourself into work or take a sick day.

Lee Niemeyer MD, of Group Health, says answering a few simple questions can help you make the right call.

1. Do You Have a Fever?

If you have a fever – medically defined as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer – within 24 hours, you should stay home until that resolves, especially if you work in a medical setting.

“A super-high fever, like 102, 103 and above, is a little bit more concerning for potentially something bacterial as opposed to viral, and you should go to the doctor,” Dr. Niemeyer says.

2. How’s Your Breathing?

Breathing issues, particularly shortness of breath or constant wheezing, mean you’re probably better off at home. If you are experiencing these symptoms and have a history of respiratory issues, then you may want to consider getting evaluated by your doctor as well, he adds.

3. Are You Hydrated?

“The last big concern is for dehydration. If someone is constantly throwing up or having diarrhea, then they’re probably not able to keep up with the intake,” Dr. Niemeyer points out.

In general, if your intake isn’t matching your output, it could lead to dehydration and you should stay home or get evaluated, if symptoms persist.

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Last Updated: January 05, 2016