What Body Temperature Is Dangerous?

What Body Temperature Is Dangerous?

What Body Temperature Is Dangerous?

According to Mayo Clinic, any body temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit can be dangerous, and according to the National Institutes of Health, a dangerously low body temperature, otherwise known as hypothermia, occurs when the body temperature falls to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The normal body temperature of a healthy human is approximately 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), although the range of normal can differ by up to 1 degree above or below. Where the temperature is taken can also affect the reading.

A high body temperature outside of the normal range can be dangerous and is considered a fever. Fevers are often caused by infections, certain medications, severe traumas and some medical conditions.

Fevers are much more common than hypothermia, which is a condition caused by being exposed to excessive cold, shock or drug use.