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Is A Temperature Of 98.1 Considered As Fever?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Question: if my normal temperature is 96.4 if it goes up to 98.1 or more does this mean I have a fever
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
NO, it is not considered fever

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

A temperature change from 96.4 to 98.1F does not represent a fever. Fever is defined by a body temperature greater than 99.5F. It is not how much change it is from one value to another that defines a fever.

In all it is not fever. for fever to be considered, the temperature must be more than 99.5F.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (1 hour later)
Can you tell me why the temp would change in the same day.
there must be a reason

can you tell me why a temp would go up or change within the same day. This seems to happen every other day, there must be a reason.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Depends on environent, dressing, time, etc.....

Detailed Answer:
H and thanks for following up with me.

Temperature of the body depends on the temperature of the outside, time of the day, wind speed, humidity, etc. This means that the body temperature would fluctuate in relation to these but would remain in the normal range. also, your dressing also affects the body temperature.

Do not get worried about this. The fluctuations remains in the normal range and there is no reason to get worried about this.

I wish you well.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Is A Temperature Of 98.1 Considered As Fever?

Brief Answer: NO, it is not considered fever Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. A temperature change from 96.4 to 98.1F does not represent a fever. Fever is defined by a body temperature greater than 99.5F. It is not how much change it is from one value to another that defines a fever. In all it is not fever. for fever to be considered, the temperature must be more than 99.5F. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.