What Is Considered a Fever?

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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. Keyword: considered fever