A temperature between 37.2° and 38.3° C (99°-101°F) indicates a low-grade fever. Usually, you do not need to see a healthcare provider for a low-grade fever 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 & Wellness by calling 319-335-8394.