Your normal human body temperature is usually at its lowest in the early hours of the morning and highest in mid afternoon. but generally, remains around 36.5°C to 37°C. Having a fever means your body temperature is higher than normal. Something inside your body, such as an infection, has caused your temperature to rise. Some cancers, drugs and other treatment can also cause fever.
Make sure you have a thermometer at home, keep it clean and read the manufacturer’s instructions first. Learn how to take a temperature reading correctly and if unsure seek advice from your medical team about taking a reading accurately.
Keeping a daily record of your temperature is very important, so use a journal to record it. We’ve popped a thermometer and journal in our Kit for Cancer case. Don’t share your thermometer and always wipe with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or cotton pad after each use to prevent the spread of bacteria. Give the stem a quick rinse to wash away the small amount of alcohol that will be left behind. Make sure not to submerge the thermometer.
Remember if your temperature is 38°C or higher, contact your medical team immediately, or go to the hospital emergency department. This usually means there is something wrong somewhere and could be a sign of a very serious infection.
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