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Old 11-11-2003, 12:34 PM   #1
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my internist who is my regular physician and my allergist all agree that a real fever is 101 and over. 100-101 is a low grade fever. anything below 100 is not fever. can i take this to be correct information? also a flu-like illness has a higher fever like 101-103 right? a body temperature in the 99's isn't flu like?

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Old 11-29-2003, 05:41 PM   #2
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Re: what temperature is a fever?

99.6 is considered slightly elevated Ive heard above that is Fever

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Re: what temperature is a fever?

I agree, but it would also be subjective depending on the person's normal body temperature. Mine is low, 96.9...but it does go up and down to that throughout the day.

To me, a 100º temp is awful, and a 103º temp is when I want to die.

If your temp sits at 99º, you don't have the flu. It's more likely a cold or an infection of some kind. If it's 101º or higher, it's probably the flu (unless the other symptoms don't match, it's infection of some kind)Believe me, you will know if it's the flu. Your temp will steadily increase and the aches in your body, joints and head will be bad. You will have chills, even teeth chattering and feel really crappy.

Tylenol is a great controller of fever, as well as drinking plenty of fluids.

I hope you don't have it, keep well this season.

Best to you,

Old 11-30-2003, 03:45 PM   #4
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Re: what temperature is a fever?

Your doctors are correct. The temp. should be taken twice a day (AM and PM), because you might get a higher reading in the afternoon.

A moderately elavated temp ( below 100 degress) is one of your bodies defense mechanisms to kill an invading virus or bacteria. Just drink a lot of fluids and see your doctor if the temp reaches >101.

Old 12-05-2003, 02:46 PM   #5
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Re: what temperature is a fever?

It's hard to say. 101 is certainly the breaking point. I have been known to get an elevated temperature of 99-100 if I'm exceptionally nervous, or have been working out recently.

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