A fever is when your body temperature rises above its normal temperature
range. It’s a sign that your immune system is working properly to fight off
causes of the fever such as a cold, flu, or other infection.
A normal body temperature is approximately 98.6 °F, but may
depending on the time of day or what temperature reading method was used.
While any temperature above your normal temperature range is considered a
fever, there are different levels of fever severity.
Adult fever chart
Low-grade fever >98.6 °F-100.4 °F
Moderate-grade fever 100.4 °F-102.2 °F
High-grade fever* >102.2 °F
*A temperature reading at or above 104 °F is
hyperpyrexia and is
considered a medical emergency requiring immediate care.
Restlessness or Sleeplessness
A fever is your body’s natural defense against bacterial or
infection, and is actually an indication that your immune system is doing
its job. When you’re sick, your body temperature rises in an attempt to kill
the temperature-sensitive bacteria causing the infection. Fevers are most
commonly associated with colds & flu and will usually subside on their own
within a few days.
While most fevers are harmless, these tips & tricks can help make yours
more manageable. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or
Drinking plenty of water can not only prevent
dehydration, but can also help lower your body temperature.
Your body is working on overdrive to fight off infection. Be sure
to get plenty of sleep so you can recharge.
Eat foods that are easy to digest, like crackers and soup. Avoid
dairy products like milk and cheese.
Apply a damp washcloth to your forehead to help lower your
Pain relievers containing acetaminophen can help alleviate head and
body aches and lower your temperature. TYLENOL® is the #1
doctor recommended brand of pain reliever.
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