Is a temperature of 37.5 high in adults?
The normal body temperature is between 36 and 37°C, but this can vary from person to person and from hour to hour. Temperatures between 37.5°C and 38.2°C mark a low-grade fever. A high-grade fever is present when the oral temperature is above 38.2°C. the rectal or tympanic (ear) temperature is higher than 38°C.
Indeed, some studies show that intervening to reduce a fever may prolong the infection, but doctors disagree on this. According to an article in the Mayo Clinic, you should call a doctor if: Your temperature climbs above 103 degrees.
- Symptoms can begin about 1 to 4 days, or an average of 2 days, after a person is first exposed to the influenza virus. Fever and other symptoms can usually last up to 7 to 10 days, but the cough and weakness may last 1 to 2 weeks longer.
- Fever in Adults. Fever is an elevated body temperature. Temperature is considered elevated when it is higher than 100° F (37.8° C) as measured by an oral thermometer or higher than 100.8° F (38.2° C) as measured by a rectal thermometer.
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids. Medication isn't needed. Call the doctor if the fever is accompanied by a severe headache, stiff neck, shortness of breath, or other unusual signs or symptoms. If you're uncomfortable, take acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
A simple cold or other viral infection can sometimes cause a rather high fever (in the 102°–104°F/38.9°–40°C range), but this doesn't usually mean there's a serious problem. In fact, a serious infection, especially in infants, might cause no fever or even a low body temperature (below 97°F or 36.1°C).
- To take your child's axillary temperature, have the child sit in your lap, facing to the side. Place the thermometer under your child's near arm, which should be against your chest. An axillary reading is generally 1 degree Fahrenheit (about 0.5 degree Celsius) lower than an oral reading.
- How can I reduce my child's fever without using medicine?
- Place a cool, damp washcloth on your child's forehead while she rests.
- Give your child a lukewarm tub bath or a sponge bath.
- Offer your child plenty of fluids and chilled foods, such as ice pops and yogurt, to help cool the body from the inside out and keep her hydrated.
- Use a fan.
- Fever: We consider a reading of 100.4° or above a fever, when taken rectally. Oral Temperature: Oral temperatures are usually accurate only for children 6 years of age and older. Fever: We consider a reading of 99.3° or above a fever, when taken orally.
Updated: 6th October 2019