A temperature between 37.5 and 38.0 degrees C (98.7-100.4 degrees F) is sometimes considered a "low-grade" fever. Usually, this isn't a cause for concern and you do not need to see a healthcare provider unless it persists for 3 or more days. However, you should follow the treatment instructions below.


Infection, viral illness, or no apparent reason


Rest several times during the day, and rest at least 8 hours at night. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen, 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed. Drink at least 8 glasses of fluids such as water or juice per day. Wear lightweight clothing.

When to consult a healthcare provider

If your temperature is 101° or higher for 24 hours or if you have severe headache, stiff neck, severe swelling of throat, or mental confusion accompanied by fever. You can make an appointment at Student Health by calling 319-335-8394.