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Over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help reduce fever or discomfort. Drinking fluids and getting plenty of rest also may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, unconsciousness, or seizures
  • Severe belly pain
  • Severe cough or difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Fever for more than a day
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Red eyes, mouth, or tongue
  • Rash on the palms or soles
  • Swollen, painful joints

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