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Question: Low Temperature

 silvergravity - Mon Feb 21, 2005 2:48 am

Very occassionally (maybe once a year, if that often) I feel awful and slightly like I have a fever, but my temperature turns out to be low. If we are considering a fever begins at 100 degrees F and 98.6 is normal, this is a 1.4 degree change; I will often have a temperature below 98.6 at more than a 1.4 degree change (97.2)normally in the 96.5-96.8 degree range.

I am using a digital thermometer under the tongue for these readings. I have a normal temperature range when I do not feel sick. My father (56) also gets this on occassion. I do not have chills but I will feel uncomfortable and flushed, often have a headache, and feel lethargic and just not right.

Do you have any suggestions as to what this might be?

Thank you!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Feb 21, 2005 5:40 am

User avatar Hi silvergravity,
In my opinion this doesn't sound abnormal.
 silvergravity - Mon Feb 21, 2005 9:34 am

Thank you! I was wondering further... is this my body's reaction to a virus/bacteria, or do sometimes body temperatures just drop?

Thanks again!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:05 pm

User avatar Hi silvergravity,
When a person has a bacterial or viral infection it usually makes the body temperature elevate. The bodies temperature fluctuates during the day, changes with rates of metabolism etc. It also may vary mildly with each individual. I would not be alarmed with this result and would find it relatively normal.

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