The nurse practioner that I see if my PCP isn't available said that she thinks 98.6 is falsely normal. In other words that normal should be lower. When I have a temperature of 99.2 to 99.8 then I feel like I have been runover by a truck. I have been this way for a couple of days, today is the first day I have been "up" for any length of time.The Fatigue is the worst with the low grade temp. So is 99.? a low grade temp? I think some drs say yes whereas if you are in the hospital after having surgery, the drs don't get excited unless your temp is over 101.
It could be a low grade temperature, however, you need to know what your normal temperature is to determine that. Normal temperature is not 98.6, in fact my normal is usually near 97.2. Some normal ranges are as high as 99, your environment plays a very large factor in determining what your normal range is.
Most doctors consdier 100.4 the start of a fever or infection.
As far as low grade temperatures and illness, there are far too many to mention. If you are feeling run down and running a low grade temp you should see your doctor. It could be something as simple as a virus or an infection going on.
i had epstein barr virus in the past can that make u get a low grade fever and does it come back?? i got tested for it a few months ago and i didnt have it but had it in the past and i never knew about it
The temp of the environment can play a role. But everyone here is right. You need to know your normal. What has it been in the past? Is it typically higher than 'normal'? Are you feeling tired pretty much all the time? There could be a hundred or more reasons why your temp is a bit up. An overactive thyroid is one posibility as is many other things. If you're concerned about it, make an appt with your doctor.
I like to call this type an elevated temperature. Technically it is not a fever, but an elevation of normal temperature. I usually sit in the 97.6 range and it is very abnormal for me to get above 98.6, but lately I too have been hitting the 99.3 mark. it never gets higher, infact, it has been over ten years since I have had a "real" fever. But, it does make you feel like crap. I work in a hospital, and it is true that docs don't get excited unless it is atleast 100 degrees or higher. the most they do it just give a pt some tylenol. Your body can react to it's surroundings though. Taking a hot bath will raise your temp just as sitting in snow would lower it slightly. When you start feeling hot, try and take a cool bath, turn a fan on yourself, and try to relax. If you are truly concerned, see your doctor.