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Time to redefine normal body temperature?

March 17, 2020

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Ben
March 26, 2020

Does the body temperature rise during exercise, after running, or for female during their menstrual cycle.?

Jennifer Lewis
March 20, 2020

Thank you for this timely information. I too have a low normal body temperature leading health care workers to delay treatment or concern. I have had to really learn to push and be my own advocate. I’ve had meningitis, pneumonia, and sepsis all with no (apparent) fever. I’ve been refused strep-tests because I wasn’t febrile and now have permanent damage to two heart valves because of untreated prolonged bouts of streptococcus. I am a very active and healthy 47 year old woman and this has been pretty consistent my entire adult life (ha, well, not the 47 year old part). Of course I am currently concerned at being turned away from covid-19 testing, if the time comes, because my febrile temperature is lower that what they are taught to use as guideline.

Jane Aronson
March 19, 2020

I too have a lower body temperature around 96.7 a.m. and 97.6 or so p.m. I am healthy, and have had a lower body temperature all my life. I was a very active child and throughout my adult life. Even when I had the Hong Kong flu in 1968 my temperature only went to 100.2 or so; Therefore I was considered as having a mild case – it was not mild. Although I am rarely ill, when I am it’s under diagnosed because my body doesn’t react with fever. I certainly not alone in this body type.

Sean R Lydon
March 16, 2020

Good article. I’m a 56 yo male, overweight, with hypothyroidism. My body temp averages 95.6 and my heart rate baseline is 49. For some individuals like me, clinicians may often very easily miss a diagnosis of infection because a high temp is closer to 98, not 100. The implication is that proper treatment is not prescribed due to over-caution in antibiotic stewardship because there is no “fever”.

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