What Is Considered a Fever?

Q:
What is considered a fever?

A:
Fever, or pyrexia, is when the internal body temperature rises to levels that are considered above normal.

It normally indicates the present of another condition, usually an infection.

  • Average body temperature is about 98.6 °Fahrenheit (37 °Celsius)
  • Temperatures above 100.4 °F (38 °C) are considered to be a fever

Three common sites for checking temperature are the mouth, under the arm, and the rectum.

Although unpleasant, a fever on its own is not generally considered dangerous. However, in young children, older adults, or individuals with other health concerns, a fever should be checked out by a doctor.

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