Is a temperature of 99.5 considered a fever?
In general, a baby has a fever when their body temperature exceeds 100.4°F, or 38°C. A child has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99.5°F, or 37.5°C. An adult has a fever when their temperature exceeds 99 to 99.5°F, or 37.2 to 37.5°C.
When someone has a fever, the body raises the normal body temperature (as measured orally) above 37.5°C (99.5°F). A rectal temperature above 38°C (100.4°F) or an underarm temperature above 37.2°C (99°F) is also considered a fever.
- Persistent low-grade fever - Almost all cancer patients will experience a fever at some point, but fevers most often occur in patients whose cancer has metastasized, especially in cancers that affect the immune system. Blood loss, which occurs in some stomach and colon cancers, can also cause persistent fatigue.
- 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.
- Normal body temperature ranges from 97.5°F to 98.9°F (36.4°C to 37.2°C). It tends to be lower in the morning and higher in the evening. Most healthcare providers consider a fever to be 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. High fevers may bring on seizures or confusion in children.
The doctors consider the rise in body temperature as fever if it crosses the mark of 99.4°F when taken orally and 100.4°F when taken rectally.
- 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.
- 1. A normal temperature is a range, not a number. The body temperature of an average, healthy human child or adult is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). But that does not make 98.7 degrees a fever or 98.5 degrees a case of hypothermia.
- A fever is an increase in the body's normal temperature. In most children, normal body temperature is between 97.4 and 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit (36.3 and 37.9 degrees Celsius). Even though fevers can be upsetting, they may actually help the body heal.
Updated: 25th November 2019