What Body Temperatures Are Dangerous & Cause For Concern FYI ?
Some temperatures are cause for concern all by themselves. Others, may simply be a signal to you that something is wrong.
Fevers can be below the norm or above it and they account for over 35% of all calls to doctors. Fevers are a response to an illness or infection and high fevers indicate the body is fighting it trying to reduce the reproduction of bacteria and viruses while boosting the white blood cells. Tests show that in some cases, letting a person sweat it out with a high fever shortens the infection. When the fever "breaks", the person usually feels better.
Temps above 106 may cause heat stroke or hyperthermia. Temps over 103 can occur in meningitis, pneumonia, kidney stone, heat stroke. Tempts over 102 can occur in mumps, chickenpox, parvovirus, measles, scarlet fever. Common infections between 101-103 may be strep throat, otitus media, appendicitis, diverticulitis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, colitus.
A baby under three months with a 100 temp may indicate a serious infection. A normal body temp is 99.6. A low grade fever is considered 98.6 to 102. Ailments may include cold, teething, mononucleosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, TB, AIDS, or a reaction to an immunization.
98.6 is the average temp in most humans, however, this is not considered "normal", oddly enough. Temps dropping to 95-96 may indicate sepsis. Temps 93-95 usually is hypothermia. If a temp drops to 92 or lower, the body is unable to main consciousness.