The body's normal temperature is around 98.6 degrees F (as measured in the mouth). To qualify as a fever, the temperature usually has to top 100 degrees F. A fever is a symptom of an infection, ranging from the flu to dehydration to heart attack.
Many alternative therapies disagree with some allopathic doctor's belief that a fever should be suppressed. Instead, these therapies hold that a fever is the body's way of fending off an infection, a process that should be allowed to run its course. Certain treatments can be employed to beef up the immune system, giving it more strength against the invaders that may cause a fever.