Providence Health: Recognizing fevers
With flu season upon us, it's important to recognize when you have a fever, and when you need to see a doctor for that fever. The average temperature of the human body is 98.6 degrees. When body temperature rises to 100.4, that is considered a low-grade fever.
It's often that there isn't a lot to do for a fever other than let it pass as your body fights off whatever illness has brought it on. Some population groups are at risk when a fever sets in, however. Children under five, as well as the elderly, and anyone with an pre-existing condition such as an auto-immune disorder, should monitor their fevers more closely.