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A 44-year-old female asked:

ever since i can remember, my "normal" temperature has been around 96...so, what should i consider a "fever"?

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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Fever: It is a good question which is always raised by many patients. So far in medical literature temperature more that 100 is considered to be called fever, regardless of baseline temperature. Also check your temperature at night or early morning you won't be surprised that there would be about 1-2 degree differences.

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How do I reduce a fever?

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