This has been corrected by Harvard researchers and appears in the April issue of the Harvard Health Letter.
The average normal temperature for adults is found to be 98.2 degrees, not 98.6 degrees, and replaced the 100.4 degrees fever mark with fever thresholds based on the time of day.
The bottom line is that individual variations in body temperature should be taken into account, reports the Harvard Health Letter.
Therefore to measure temperature effectively the doctor should have enough temperature measurements at various times of day to establish a baseline for you.
So, the 98.6 degrees F temperature threshold no longer is valid for assessment of fever.
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