Is high body temperature considered normal?

Is high body temperature considered normal?

Mother checking fever of her daughter in bedroom. high body temperature

Fever also called pyrexia, abnormally high body temperature, is the body’s defense mechanism against germs and makes your body a less inviting environment for them. A fever is also an indication of illness. The immune system will launch an attack to try to eliminate the cause of an infection. This reaction usually results in a high body temperature. Usually, fever goes away on its own. However, excessively high body temperature, other severe or worsening symptoms, or a compromised immune system may be a sign of a serious infection that requires medical attention.

Fever can lead to the following: 

  • Shiver and feel cold when no one else does.
  • Sweat.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Exhibit signs of dehydration
  • Feeling sleepy.

When a baby has a fever, he/she usually experiences:

  • Flushed cheeks
  • Feel hot to the touch
  • Be sweaty or clammy. 

How to check for a fever at home?

Usually, doctors classify fevers according to their intensity, duration, and whether they come and go. But, nowadays, most people take their temperatures at home easily by using digital thermometers as you can put a thermometer in your mouth or under your arm.

The average armpit temperature is 36.6-37.2 degrees Celsius (97.9 to 99 degrees F). If the value is at least 100.4°F (38°C), the person has a fever.


To manage a raised body temperature when it comes with moderate symptoms like general discomfort or dehydration, try the following:

  • Ensuring that the resting person’s environment is comfortable by checking the temperature,
  • Taking a regular bath or a sponge bath with lukewarm water, 
  • Consuming a lot of liquids
  • Doctors may sometimes recommend medications called antipyretics to lower a person’s temperature. like taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil),

For further information and help you can visit the nearest Al-Thiqa Pharmacy branch to you or purchase the antipyretic medications online by using Talabat/ Now Now/ Instashop and Swan in Al-Thiqa pharmacy pharmacies with the provision of free home delivery service