What other symptoms might occur with low-grade fever?
Low-grade fever may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Conditions that frequently affect your temperature may also involve other systems.
Infection symptoms that may occur along with low-grade fever
Low-grade fever may accompany other symptoms of infection including:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Burning with urination, urinary frequency, or urgency
- Muscle aches, joint aches, headaches, or earaches
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Redness or tenderness of the skin
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
Other symptoms that may occur along with low-grade fever
Low-grade fever may accompany other symptoms including:
- Decreased appetite
- Ear pulling in children
- Easy bleeding or bruising
- Feeling hot without sweating
- Joint deformity and reduced range of motion
- Morning stiffness
- Skin nodules
- Swollen lymph nodes
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, low-grade fever may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Change in mental status or sudden behavior change, such as confusion, delirium, lethargy, hallucinations and delusions
- Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
- Not producing any urine, or an infant who does not produce the usual amount of wet diapers
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing
- Severe pain
- Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding or bloody stool
What is low-grade fever?
A fever is an increase in the body temperature above normal. A low-grade fever is a mild elevation of the temperature above normal. Your temperature measurements fluctuate through the day and vary depending upon the site of measurement. Generally, a child is considered to have a fever if the temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit rectally, 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit orally, or 99 degr... Read more about low-grade feverintroduction
What causes low-grade fever?
Fevers often accompany infections. Body temperature can be elevated by physical activity and environmental factors, such as wearing heavy clothing or a high ambient temperature. A low-grade fever may also occur following immunizations, during teething, or as a symptom of cancer or inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. It can also occur as side effect of some medications.