Is a Body Temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C Normal
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 or limbs is variable depending on different factors, including their age, recent physical activity, menstrual cycle, consumption of food and fluids, and even the time of the day.
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. Still, there are ways to find out whether your temperature is normal or not.
Is a body temperature of 35.4ºC, 35.5ºC or 35.6ºC normal? If your temperature ranges between 95.7 to 96ºF, is everything working as it should? Read on this oneHOWTO article and find out.
Body temperature below 35.6ºC 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) may seem close to the normal body temperature of 36.4ºC to 37.6ºC (97.5ºF to 99.6ºF), but it is actually considered well below it.
Here are some general categories:
- Hypothermia: Body temperature below 36°C (96.8°F). Since individual body temperatures vary, for some people hypothermia is lower. You can learn more about what is hypothermia and how to treat it in our article.
- Feverishness: Body temperature is between 37.1°C and 37.9°C (98.7 and 100.22°F).
- Hyperthermia or fever: Body temperature is at 38ºC (100.4ºF) or above.Here you can learn how to lower a fever in adults.
Therefore, a body temperature below 35.6ºC (96ºF) in adults is not considered normal. Our body is able to thermoregulate - that is, to regulate its own temperature - to a tenth of a degree, but fluctuations of even one degree significantly affect bodily functions.
Depending on the circumstances of the adult below 35.6ºC, the low number could be a sign of hypothermia, and should be monitored closely.
Body temperature below 35.6ºC 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. Meanwhile, 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.
The normal body temperature for children is of at least 36ºC (96.8ºF). If your child's temperature is lower than that, especially if it is below 35.6ºC (96ºF), visit your pediatrician. They will know what should be the body temperature of your child in their specific case, as not everyone has the exact same characteristics and requirements.
Here you can learn how to reduce fever in children if the problem is a too high temperature.
Armpit temperature is naturally about half a degree lower than oral temperature. An armpit 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, but it is not as worrying.
Some children have constant axillary temperatures below 36°C (96.8°F), which is normal for them. This is known as physiological hypothermia. In this case, their body functions normally despite the lower than average temperature. Consult your pediatrician to ensure this is your child's case.
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 too low and you should warm up the body as soon as possible.
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, as well as children under 6 years old. 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 of a rectal measurement tends to be 0.5°C - 0.7°C higher than with oral temperatures, so such a low result is definitely not normal.
What factors affect 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.
- Very young or very advanced age.
- Heat acclimatization. After long-term exercising in the heat, the body gets used to the temperature and develops a lower than average base body temperature.
- Diseases that impact the production of perspiration, such as heart, lung and kidney disorders.
- Diseases that cause an increase in heat production, such as infections, hyperthyroidism and any conditions 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 can decrease tolerance of excessive heat.
Is a temperature below 35.6ºC dangerous?
Although a body temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C (95.7°F, 95.9°F or 96°F) is not normal, it isn't necessarily dangerous if you are a healthy adult or child. You should know whether that temperature is normal for you: if the drop has been sudden, you should take it more seriously and call a doctor.
That being said, body temperatures below 35.4 (95.7ºF) are more alarming.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO doe 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.
If you'd like to read similar articles to Is a Body Temperature of 35.4°C, 35.5°C or 35.6°C Normal, we recommend you browse around our Diseases & secondary effects category.
- 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.