Is body temperature of 96 normal?
A rectal temperature is considered the most accurate body temperature. 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).
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.
- Your body's temperature fluctuates throughout the day, from roughly 97.6 °F at six in the morning to 98.5 °F at six in the evening. In fact, a temperature as high as 99.5 °F is still considered healthy. The human body relies on consistent temperatures to function properly.
- The hypothalamus is the processing centre in the brain that controls body temperature. It does this by triggering changes to effectors, such as sweat glands and muscles controlling body hair. Heat stroke can happen when the body becomes too hot; and hypothermia when the body becomes too cold.
- Checking a fever this way is more accurate than we used to think. But if you're going to call the doctor, use a thermometer to measure the fever. The body's average temperature when it is measured orally is 97.6°F (36.5°C). Fever is a symptom, not a disease.
Updated: 25th November 2019