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Do you have any other symptoms?
If you do not have any other symptoms like chills, shivering, cough, then this is not concerning.
The normal body temperature may dip a little during winter months.
Also, there can be measurement error.
I have had an upset stomach and constipation. I have taken a warm cup of prune juice and 3 Colace pills with water daily for 10 days, and 2 Ex-Lax pills twice today for the constipation. For the upset stomach, I have taken Mylanta, Prevacid, and Gas-X.
You can repeat the temperature taking at least 3 times and take the average of the 3.
Still, that should not affect your temperature.
Unless there is infection, this is not concerning.
But if there was an infection, the temperature would be above 98.6, correct?
no the temperature also can drop with certain infections.
Usually the infection has to be severe for the temp to drop.
mild viral illness will not cause drop in temp.
How then can I know whether or not I have a severe infection?
That is what I am afraid of.
severe infection will cause more symptoms like shivering, dizziness, cough, shortness of breath etc.
also frequent vomiting, bloody diarrhea for example.
So, by itself, it's not a concern?
not a concern