What is considered a fever?

What is considered a fever?

You probably always heard that the average human body temperature is 98.6°F. But the reality is that a "normal" body temperature can fall within a wide range, from 97°F to 99°F.


The 98.6°F standard dates to the mid - the 1800s. German doctor Carl Wunderlich measured the armpit temperatures of about 25,000 people and came up with an average of 98.6°F.

Despite the new research, doctors don't consider you to have a fever until your temperature is at or above 100.4°F. But you can be sick if it's lower than that.

Measuring body temperature by a digital thermometer

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