Fever, or pyrexia, is when the internal body temperature rises to levels that are considered above normal.
It normally indicates the present of another condition, usually an infection.
- Average body temperature is about 98.6 °Fahrenheit (37 °Celsius)
- Temperatures above 100.4 °F (38 °C) are considered to be a fever
Three common sites for checking temperature are the mouth, under the arm, and the rectum.
Although unpleasant, a fever on its own is not generally considered dangerous. However, in young children, older adults, or individuals with other health concerns, a fever should be checked out by a doctor.
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