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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience Orthodontics
98.6, but...: Normal oral temperature for and adult/child is 98.6 f. 36.8 c. It depends where you take the reading: oral is usually one degree f lower than vaginal ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Svengsouk
Specializes in Palliative Care
Fever Temperature: While any elevation in temperature above average is technically a fever, a fever is often not considered medically significant until at least 100.4 de ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Taj Jiva
Dr. Taj Jiva answered
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Of course: It also depends from where the body temperature is obtained. If obtained orally, or from forehead, we usually add one more degree so that 100.2 become ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Elisha
6 years experience Rheumatology
Fever: This would be considered meeting the threshold for a febrile state or having a fever.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
100.4 R : Most will consider the core temperature (rectal) the most accurate reflection of real body temperature. At 100.4 r, it has moved outside the accepted ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
High fever: A temperature in the range of102-104 is consider a high temperature in toddlers.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
95.9 to 99.5 : A normal temperature reading for a child when taken by mouth is 98.6 degrees f, though this measurement can range from 95.9 to 99.5 degrees f in diffe ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Generally temp over 38 degrees centigrade or 100.4 farenheit are considered elevations. The other symptoms present detemine the severity of the illnes ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Elevation : Of at least one degree above normal ( nl is 98.6 ).
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
101 F: Though you may ask 3 different doctors and get 3 different numbers. I think 101.0 f is a good starting number. However, if your little one in feeling ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zoey Goore
23 years experience Pediatrics
Fever: 100.4 taken by rectal thermometer is considered a fever (or 38 celcius - also rectal temp).
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Temp over 100.4: Generally temp over 38 degrees centigrade or 100.4 farenheit are considered elevations. The other symptoms present detemine the severity of the illnes ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Anything above 104: When temperatures rise to those levels they will produce significant discomfort, and are approaching near 105, above which the potential for seizures ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Over 100.4: Generally temp over 38 degrees centigrade or 100.4 f are considered elevations. The other symptoms present detemine the severity of the illness. Unde ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
100.4: For most medical purposes, doctors in all specialties define fever as a temperature above 100.4 f.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Fever: This depends upon the degree of fever and associated symptoms. If you are having body temperatures in excess of 100F each afternoon you should be seen ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Fever: Temperatures of 100 f are not normal. If the body temperature fails to get as low as 98.6 sometime during the course of 24 hrs, technically that is a ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
None: There really is no too high. Fever particularly in children can be 104-106 with many viruses and in many individual children. This will not hurt them, ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: By definition, a fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal for that person. Average body temp is 98.6 f, but even that changes for any ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Under 18 years old: The definition goes along with the legal age of adulthood. However, from a purely medical view, there is little meaning to defining a child as under 1 ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
100.5 F or 37.9 C: Measured rectally, which is the most correct way to take temperature under 2 months or so.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
8 years experience Family Medicine
104 to 105 F: We start to worry around 104-105 degrees fahrenheit.
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