What Is Low Grade Fever?

Q:
What is low grade fever?

A:
A low-grade fever is often classified as an oral temperature that is above 98.6 F (37 C) but lower than 100.4 F (38 C) for a period of 24 hours. A fever of 103 F or higher is more concerning in adults. Fevers, though uncomfortable, play a key role in helping your body fight off many infections.

Signs and symptoms of a low-grade fever may include:

  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Shivering

Here’s what you can do to feel better:

  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • You can also place a cold, damp washcloth on your forehead or the back of your neck while you’re resting.

Call a doctor if your fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs or symptoms.

Get well soon!

Keyword: low grade fever; lower fever

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.