HealthyLife® Students' Self-Care Guide
Section I–Common Health Problems
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When you don’t feel well and call a health care provider, you will most likely be asked if you have a fever.
Keep a thermometer in your dorm room or apartment to take your temperature when necessary. Use a digital one with disposable plastic probe covers. Use it as directed.
Glass mercury thermometers are not usually allowed in dorm rooms, because, if they break, droplets of toxic mercury can be released.
Signs & Symptoms
Normal body temperature ranges from 97 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit being average. When you have a fever:
Fever is one way the body fights an infection or illness. It helps speed up the body’s defense actions by increasing blood flow.
Body temperature changes during the day. It is lowest in the morning and highest in the evening.
Other factors that can affect your temperature reading include wearing too much clothing, exercise, and hot, humid weather. Also, a female’s hormones can cause her temperature to go up at certain times of the month, such as with ovulation.
If having a fever up to 102 degrees Fahrenheit causes you no harm or discomfort and you have no other medical symptoms or medical problems, you may not need to treat it. If the fever makes you uncomfortable, is 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, if you have other symptoms and/ or a medical condition, such as asthma, or if your fever lasts more than 3 days, you should seek medical care.
Questions to Ask
To Prevent a Fever:
To Treat a Fever: