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Why does your forehead get hot when you have a fever?

By Blogger July 23, 2014 - 12:00am
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Whenever I have a high fever, my forehead is warm and feels like it's burning up when I touch it. Why does your forehead get hot during a fever?

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Hi Hayden,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question! The temperature of your entire body rises, when you have a fever, not just your forehead. A fever is characterized by a body temperature of 100.4°F or above, as measured with a digital thermometer or temporal (forehead) scanner.

However, a high temperature can also be caused by heavy exercise, too many layers of clothing, hot baths and hot weather. Fevers are caused by illness in the body, so other symptoms are typically observed, such as fatigue, loss of appetite and rapid breathing.

I hope that answers your question! Let us know if you are curious about anything else.

Best Wishes,


July 24, 2014 - 7:32pm
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