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What is the normal body temperature?

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In the 19th Century, after examining and studying more than 25,000 patients, Dr. Carl Wunderlich announced the normal human body temperature was 98.6º F. His observations were widely accepted and 98.6º F became the benchmark. That standard was challenged in the early 1980s and a new norm was established?98.2º F. However, most layman continued to regard 98.6º F normal.

Medical professionals, however, realized 98.2º F isn't the normal human body temperature. It is the average body temperature. The normal temperature is a range that varies, most notably, with age. Children have the highest temperatures and the elderly, the lowest. In fact, the elderly rarely, if ever, even reach the overall average of 98.2º F. Other variables affecting body temperature include gender, time of day, food and fluid consumption, recent activity, smoking and in women, the stage of their menstrual cycles.

The following Welch Allyn website, a manufacturer of medical diagnostic devices including thermometers, contains a chart with body temperature ranges by age. Note the different methods used to obtain the readings. http://www.welchallyn.com/documents/Thermometry/SM2556_Rev_B_Temp_Char t_Card_OLC.pdf

In general, a rectal temperature is one half to one degree higher than an oral temperature and an axillary, or armpit, reading is one half degree lower than the oral route. The core reading is the temperature of the internal organs. It requires the utilization of an invasive procedure so it's rarely used. The ear, or tympanic membrane, route is used most commonly. It's a good indicator of the core temperature and just a bit higher than an oral temperature.

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The normal body temperature of the body is 98.6° F (37° C). But the body temperature may vary throughout the day depending on hormonal changes or physical activity. This change is usually within 1° F (0.6° C) bellow or above the normal temperature.

The body is very effective at regulating its body temperature, whether the time is hot or cold the blood vessels adjusts itself to keep the temperature within it normal range.

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A normal body temperature for a human being is 98.6 degrees Farenheit. But not many people realize that it is still normal for your body temperature to either be one degree lower or one degree higher that the 98.6 and still be considered in the normal range for body temperature.

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The 'normal' body temperature can vary from person to person and can change depending on the age of the person, whether they are active or not or even the time of day! But generally speaking the average persons body temperature is 37C or 98.6 F

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The standard human body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this varies up to a degree (or even two) from person to person. Also, body temperature varies considerably after a meal, after exercise, and when ill.

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The standard human body temperature should be an average of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Centigrade. This is, however, an average, which some people may deviate from by as much as several degrees.

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A human being's average body temperature is 98.6. There can be as much as a one degree difference either way without cause for alarm. Those temperatures are still considered normal.

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98.6 degrees.

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