Is 97.4 a low body temperature?
Have you ever taken your temperature and found it to be lower than the normal range? It can make you wonder if something is wrong with your body or if everything is just fine. One question that often arises in such instances is, “Is 97.4 a low body temperature?”
Well, my dear reader, today we are going to explore this very question with scientific evidence and humor!
What’s Normal Temperature Range?
To answer this question, we must first know what the normal range of human body temperature is.
The average human body temperature ranges between 98.6°F (37°C) and 97°F (36.1°C) for most people when measured orally.
However, the actual range can vary depending on multiple factors such as age, gender (don’t worry males and females have similar numbers) time of day(ever feel warm after breakfast?, yeah that’s why maybe) , menstrual cycle(for those who haven’t menopause yet), stress levels or other health conditions like hypothyroidism(Yes hypothyroidism means less thyroid hormones so it impacts energy metabolism=fuel=heat)), bacterial infections etc.
With every word spoken above let us get one thing straight Mr Watson.
It’s complicated ! Even more complications arise when someone decides to calculate their ideal BMI based on Myths borrowed from social media posts whilst keeping all parameters constant.. Imagine being Cholesterically obese while maintaining an internal engine hose size of a hairline crack…and yes there will some wise guy in your facebook friends comment how he lost his extra crumble pounds by eating grass at ease because apparently self-flagellation has become glamorised . So my advice do not seek out social media gurus floating around selling false narratives about medical practices.Which brings me back onto our original topic:
Is 97.4 Considered Low Body Temperature?
With everything mentioned above, the answer is finally revealed: 97.4°F (36.3°C) as a one-off measurement does not necessarily indicate low body temperature.
The reason being that our internal factors and environment have a significant impact on such readings making them vary sometimes significantly.Basically , if you are feeling fine, then no need to worry too much about this number.
When Is It Considered Low Body Temperature?
It’s only when an individual consistently records below 95°F (35°C) orally for several days or generally feels cold even in warm environments should they start getting alarmed .At such levels basic metabolic function can be impaired and we label it as hypothermia.
Additionally bottom line normal healthy individuals tend to remain warm-blooded despite variations in weather..
Gain of knowledge tip: Some animals are cold-blooded which means their internal temperatures fluctuate as per surrounding conditions similar to Google search engine algorithms.
While on the subject let\s delve into something slightly humourous
Did you know?
An elephant’s pregnancy gestational period lasts between 18 – 22 months while with giraffes its between 400-460 days
Yes sorry,you were here for medical knowledge.This was just another piece from my data storage chip now back to what i do best:
Hypothermia : Effects & Management
Once your core temperature drops below normal range (<98.6℉);the foundation is laid down for mild hypothermia symptoms which include shivering,fatigue,slurred speech and palpations.Further drop in body temperature(<95 °F ), inability to control shivering,breathlessness,slow /erratic heart rate,memory lapses amongst other severe symptoms become apparent.Some folks develop frostbite due to prolonged exposure of skin under these conditions
If experiencing any symptoms associated with hypothermia,it\ s crucially important that one gets indoors,warm and dry as soon as possible.In many cases basic mudane things such hot beverages or sharing body heat with a warm external entity(Yes,that includes cuddling) may be more than enough
However severe symptoms requires urgent medical attention where monitored systemic rewarming process takes place under expert guidance.
Always remember if one is not an expert it’s best to leave such treatments solely in the hands of someone qualified.
Other Causes Of Low Body Temperature
As said earlier there are other conditions that correlate low body temperatures like hypothyroidism . People suffering from this disease tend to have trouble regulating their internal temperature due to hormonal imbalances . This leads to lower metabolic rates and builds up a cumulative effect.
In addition , some medications can also lead to lower body temperatures alongwith symptoms similar to HypoThyroidism A few ubiquitous cold-inducing meds include BP blockers,beta-blockers,sleeping pills etc..
On top of that immune infections cause inflammation which reduce our ability of Cellular oxygen exchange thus leading us towards hypothermia at cellular level
Not only physical but inadequate nutritional support,excessive alcohol intake/ substance use or being elderly/stressed beyond suitable limits;can all precursor episodes of feeling cold/or inducing chills.
Tips To Maintain Optimal Internal Heat Levels
One would think during summers/hot weathers optimal internal temperature control should come easy,but hold on tight:
Here are some tips you should follow in order for your internal engine appliance never having any oil leakage:
- Layers : Dress appropriately according weather conditions yourself .
- Keep exercising regularly
- Have an adequate & well balanced diet
- Drink plenty of fluids– preferably water.
- Minimize caffeine and nicotine intakes.
- Avoid long hours of exposure in extreme tempratures
Eg: Cold showers/ pools/oceans
And don’t forget winter months always call for cozy blankets essential oils massages because no matter how much we adore minimalism ; we are all affected by such pleasures.
In the end, it is important to remember that while a slight dip in your body temperature does not necessarily mean something is wrong.You may have been born with efficiency.
However severe hypothermia can be life-threatening and should always be dealt with under expert guidance or medical attention..
So take control of yourself enjoy weather changes,dress as per conditions,take care of yourself because the healthier you remain ,the more responsibities will rest upon thy never-crashing shoulders.
Be happy! Stay Warm!
“Heat waves bring misery. In contrast, cold snaps provide room for improvement.”