Mary E. Frank, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and a physician in Rohnert Park, CA, says what you think you know about fevers may hurt you. Here are six myths that she cleared up in an issue of Bottom Line Health.
1. Normal body temperature is 98.6 deg F.
Actually everyone has a slightly different normal body temp, and what is normal changes by the time of day and declines as you age.
5. If you have a fever you're contagious.
If you have a fever, it doesn't mean you are contagious, and when you are contagious you may not have a fever. So don't use having it as a guideline of when you should stay away from other people.
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