The body's normal temperature considered to be 37°C. However, it varies according to a persons' age, what they have been doing and the time of day. Generally, a temperature between 36.1°C and 37.2°C is considered acceptable. Taking a paracetamol-containing product such as one of the Panadol range of products can help reduce fever.
When your body temperature goes up, you’re likely to sweat more. So staying well hydrated is extra important.
If you're feeling feverish, head straight to bed and rest. Being active may make you feel worse as it adds stress to your body.
You can help lower your body temperature by placing a cool towel on your forehead.
Generally, fevers occur when your immune system is fighting an infection. At the first sign of attack, the body’s defenses launch infection-fighting chemicals into the blood. These chemicals also affect the body’s thermostat, which is located in the brain and called the hypothalamus. To take your temperature and help with managing fever, there are different types of thermometer you can use.
- Digital. These thermometers are quick and accurate and can be used for taking temperatures orally, rectally and under the armpit.
- Ear. These digital thermometers are inserted into the ear and can only be used to take ear temperatures. They can be more expensive than other types of thermometer.
- Strip. These are placed against your forehead, and show the temperature of the skin, but not the body. They are not very accurate.
- Glass. There are two types of glass thermometers; those that contain a coloured alcohol to measure the temperature, or the more old-fashioned type which contains mercury. The use of mercury glass thermometers is not recommended, as mercury can be highly poisonous.
If you have a mild fever but there are no other symptoms and you appear well in every other way, then you may not need to do anything other than making sure you are properly hydrated.