What is a fever?
A fever is a higher-than-normal body temperature. It is a part of the body's natural response to infection.
The average normal body temperature is 98.6° Fahrenheit (or 37° Celsius). When your body's temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it is a sign that your body is fighting infection and is generally not cause for concern.
In these cases, a fever is the response you want your body to have since it means that it is healthy enough to fight infection. For this reason it is not always a good idea to try and bring a fever down too quickly. However, a fever that goes above 102°F (38.9° C) should be treated.
What are symptoms of a fever?
Symptoms of a fever include:
- Elevated temperature
- Lack of energy
- Flushed complexion