Know your fevers
A normal body temperature is approximately 37°C but may fluctuate depending on the time of day or what temperature-reading method was used. While any temperature above your 38°C is considered a fever, there are different levels of severity.
- Low-grade fever: temperatures between 37°C and 38°C
- Moderate-grade fever: temperatures between 38°C and 39°C
- High-grade fever: temperatures over 39°C*
*A temperature reading at or above 40°C is called hyperpyrexia and is considered a medical emergency requiring immediate care.
What should I watch out for?
- Achy muscles
- Decreased appetite
How can I treat a fever?
While most fevers aren’t dangerous, these tips & tricks can help make yours more manageable. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
Pain relievers containing paracetamol can help alleviate head and body aches and lower your fever. TYLENOL® is the world’s #1 pain relief brand.*
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Drinking plenty of water can not only prevent dehydration, but also help lower your body temperature.
Your body is working on overdrive to fight off infection. Be sure to get plenty of sleep so you can recharge.
Eat foods that are easy to digest, like crackers and soup. Avoid dairy products like milk and cheese.
Apply a damp washcloth to your forehead to help lower your temperature.
The information on this page is intended solely as a general education aid and is not intended as medical or healthcare advice, to be used for medical diagnosise or treatment for any individual problem or as a substitute for professional advice from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your unique facts. You should always talk to your healthcare professional for all health-related matters and before starting any new treatment.