102 is where you want to monitor it frequently. 104 is where brain damage can occur if sustained for too long. The body will need cooling at this point or any point above. Hospitalization is recommended if you can't get the temp to break or you have other health problems that would put additional stress on the body.
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If it's over 101 you should get into a cool/cold bath or shower. Or cold compresses around your neck, wrists, on your inner elbows, on your inner thighs (groin area) and the top of your head. This is an attempt to lower you core temp. by cooling your blood through your main arteries. Also drink cool water or sports type drinks. While doing that check for any bug bites and note any recent foods you have eaten, you could be having allergic reaction. If your fever doesn't break after all that or you start feeling that you're going to pass-out and/or nauseated get to the hospital ASAP!
102 and 103 should be a safe temperature. But if it is a child and you are noticing a change in behavior you should go talk with a doctor. As long as the child is happy and playing he/she should be fine.... If an adult, if you are not feeling well and the thermometer is reading 104+ you should go to the hospital. This is a dangerous temperature, you could ultimately have perminate brain damage if it was to elevate any higher.
A fever at 102.0 or below is good.... it's your body's way of fighting infection. If your fever rises above 102.0 after attempting to treat it with Motrin and/or Tylenol (Yes, both can be used at the same time - if one doesn't work within an hour, then try the other fever reducer), then remove all blankets and clothing and attempt to cool the body. This recommendation does not apply to persons with Cancer who are undergoing treatments.
If it is higher than 110+ then you will need to be exported to the hospital. I once had a 111+ i was okay, but i had to be rushed to the hospital. So around 110+. Yes 110+ can happen and if you don't break your temp soon enough you will suffer from PERMANENT brain damage which can lead to death. If you are not accessible to a hospital cool your body down by putting wet towels on your self (near your head where your blood flows the closest to your skin) or simply take a cold bath.
As a general rule, I tell the people that call me in the ER, if you feel its beyond something you can deal with at home, go to an urgent care clinic or walk-in clinic and they can treat it there just as well as an Emergency room. They are very good about determining when you do need to go to the emergency room, and your costs will be lower going the clinic instead of the ER. Either way, you will get the treatment you need.