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A 31-year-old female asked:

My thermometer usually tells me my temperature is around 35.5 to 36 *c - considering that, would a temp of 37 be a fever for me, since it's quite higher than my normal?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Still normal: 37 degrees is still within normal limits for a body temperature. However, if you had 37 degrees temperature and felt ill(warm,achy,sore throat,etc) I would be more inclined to consider 37C significant for you.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes, but...: Numbers are just numbers, meaning a mild fever may or may not have any medical significance. If a person is normal and healthy but always at 36c, and now is 1c degree higher, that can be called a mild fever. However, if she has no ill symptoms, then we might call it normal (calling her normal range is 35.5-37c) and only say it is fever if it hits 37.5-38c.
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Last updated Dec 13, 2021


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