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Dr. Diane Minich
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What is the normal body temperature of a child and a adult?

What is the normal body temperature of a child and a adult?

98.8 Degrees F: 98.8 degrees fahrenheit (or 37 degrees celsius) is the "textbook" normal temperature. However, individuals can have slightly lower or higher normal temperatures. Also, our body temperature naturally fluctuates throughout a 24-hour period (circadian rhythm). ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Southard
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How to increase core body temperature long-term?

How to increase core body temperature long-term?

No great way: There really isn't a long term way to do this without chemically/hormonally altering your body. Body temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus - a special area of the brain. There is no way to consistently affect the set point in this area. It's why overall temperatures are fairly consistent across people of all different sizes and body types. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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My body is getting heated terribly. Please tell me some food items that cool my body temperature?

My body is getting heated terribly. Please tell me some food items that cool my body temperature?

Temperature: A temperature is often the body's response to some infectious process. You need to be examined to assess why you are hot, as opposed to simply trying to eat foods that will cool you. If you can not get your body temp. Down until you see a doctor with antipyretic medications, than soaking in tepid (cool) water will help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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How should a child be dressed, with a normal body temperature?

What is comfortable: Kids have the same thermostats as we do. So wherever you are comfortable they will probably be fine. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Herring
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Is a 99 body temperature bad? Sick?

Is a 99 body temperature bad? Sick?

Temp: The basal body temperature of a given human varies through a 24 hour cycle. 99 can be perfectly normal for a particular person at a particular time. In medical training its important to treat the individual and not a singular number. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Mathew
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Normal body temperature?

Relative term: What's normal for you might be different than other people but in general, 98.6f is consider ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Lee Peter Bee
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Can normal human have body temperature 98.9 or 99 .1 ? Is it normal?

Can normal human have body temperature 98.9 or 99 .1 ? Is it normal?

Yes: There is no single temperature reading that is “normal” for all patients, although many consider an oral temperature of 98.6° F (37° C) the norm. Age, exercise, hormones, stress, environmental temperature, time of day, body site, and medications can all influence body temperature. In general, an oral body-temperature range of 96.4° F to 99.1° F (35.8° C to 37.3° C) is acceptable. ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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94.4 body temperature in a man. What would cause that?

Hypothermia: That is very low for a core body temp. See a health care provider and assure you have your temperature taken professionally, as even oral thermometers can provide false readings. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
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I woke up with 96.6 degree body temperature. What's the lowest it should be before i worry? I know 98.6 is the 'norm'.

I woke up with 96.6 degree body temperature. What's the lowest it should be before i worry? I know 98.6 is the 'norm'.

Not to worry: It is normal for the body's temperature to drop overnight. Many of the metabolic functions go into a baseline mode, so less energy is needed and thus less heat produced. Understand also that an oral temperature is influenced by many factors and may not accurately reflect the core temperature. Don't worry too much about a low oral reading if you are feeling ok otherwise. ...Read more

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