Body temperature is very tightly regulated in humans, as various physiological activities require a specific temperature to function properly. The temperature of peripheral tissues, such as skin, mucous membranes, muscles, limbs etc., is variable. It varies slightly depending on their gender, recent physical activity, consumption of food and fluids, time of day, etc.
An abnormal body temperature can be a sign that something is wrong in the body. However, what is considered a dangerous temperature for one person can be completely normal in another. The factors listed above contribute in making the body temperature different from one person to the other. But still, you can find out whether your temperature could be normal or not. Read on this OneHowTo article and discover whether a body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C and 35.6°C (95.7°F,95.9°F or 96°F) is normal or not.
Body temperature in adults
A body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F,95.9°F or 96°F) seems close to the average temperature of 37ºC (98.6ºF), but is considered well below it.
The body is able to regulate temperature to a tenth of a degree, and fluctuations of even one degree significantly affects bodily functions. Depending on the circumstances of the individual with this body temperature, this could be a sign of hypothermia, and should be monitored closely. Here are some general categories:
- Hypothermia is when body temperature is below 36°C (96.8°F). Since individual body temperatures vary, for some people hypothermia is lower. You can learn more about hypothermia and how to treat it in our article.
- Feverishness is when body temperature is between 37.1°C and 37.9°C (98.7 and 100.22°F).
- Hyperthermia or fever is when body temperature is the same or greater than 38°C (100.4°F).
Body temperature below 37ºC (98.6ºF) in children
A body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F,95.9°F or 96°F) in children is generally not normal and you should immediately seek advice from a doctor or follow the necessary instructions to warm the body, such as removing wet clothing, covering the person with warm, dry clothes and giving them warm liquids to drink.
Children should have a minimum body temperature of 36 degrees (96.8°F). However, we advise you to visit your pediatrician as he/she will know what should be the minimum body temperature of your child in his/her specific case.
Armpit temperature is naturally about half a degree lower than oral temperature. An armpit temperature, or axillary temperature, of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C is a little low and you should take measures to warm up the body.
In the case of children, some have constant axillary temperatures of less than 36°C (96.8°F) which for them is normal, and is known as physiological hypothermia. In this case, the body functions normally despite the lower than average temperature. Again, consult your pediatrician to be sure of this.
An oral temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F,95.9°F or 96°F) is generally low and you should follow the necessary measures to warm up the body.
Measuring temperature orally is recommended for all patients except for those who are unconscious or suffering from mental confusion, seizures or conditions affecting the nose, mouth or throat or are children aged under 6 years. If you're not sure how to measure oral temperature properly take a look at our article how to take oral temperature.
A rectal temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F,95.9°F or 96°F) is concerning and you seek immediate medical assistance or raise the temperature of the body.
The result tends to be 0.5°C-0.7°C higher than with oral temperatures. Taking the temperature rectally is recommended for babies and patients under 6 years of age.
Factors affecting body temperature
There are various factors that can affect body temperature by a few tenths of a degree, but any body temperature below 35°C is very concerning. The following are risk factors for hypothermia:
- Exposure to cold weather without proper clothing
- Alcohol or drug intoxication and exposure to cold weather
- Newborns and elderly
- Long-term exercising in the heat, something known as heat acclimatisation. In this case, the body gets used to the heat, and develops a lower than average base body temperature.
- Certain diseases that impact the production of perspiration, such as diabetes and heart, lung and kidney disorders.
- Diseases that cause an increase in heat production, such as infections, hyperthyroidism and any that are accompanied by a fever.
- Use of certain drugs, such as sedatives, amphetamines and antidepressants.
- Mental disorders and states of acute or chronic alcohol consumption which decrease tolerance of excessive heat.
Not necessarily dangerous
Keep in mind that this body temperature is not necessarily dangerous, especially if you are a generally healthy adult. If you experience a body temperature lower than 35.4 (95.7ºF), then it might be more alarming.
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Armpit temperature should be taken by placing a thermometer under the arm for a period of approximately 4 minutes.
- Visit your doctor and he/she will explain you which body temperature should be appropriate for your body.