Is a body temp of 97 normal?
The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the "normal" body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
The answer is: probably, if you're an adult. Body temperature readings can vary depending on how you take your temperature. For example, in an adult with no symptoms of illness, a 96.9 armpit reading wouldn't be considered abnormal at all. Mild hypothermia is defined as a core body temperature below 95F.
- A normal rectal body temperature ranges from 36.4°C (97.5°F) to 37.6°C (99.6°F), and for most people it is 37°C (98.6°F). Sometimes a normal, healthy adult has a low body temperature, such as 36°C (96°F).
- Symptoms of moderate to severe hypothermia include:
- shivering, but importantly, as hypothermia worsens, shivering stops.
- worsening coordination difficulties.
- slurred speech.
- significant confusion.
- apathy or lack of concern.
- weak pulse.
- shallow, slow breathing.
- Many medications have antipyretic effects and thus are useful for fever but not in treating illness, including: NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, and nimesulide. Aspirin, and related salicylates such as choline salicylate, magnesium salicylate, and sodium salicylate.
Updated: 2nd October 2019