Is a fever of 103 F bad?

Answer

In adults, a fever is dangerous when it reaches 103 F or higher. Children may be seriously ill even with lower temperatures.

A person's temperature might reach 103 F for many different reasons. Gastroenteritis and colds are among the most common causes of fever, according to WebMD. Kidney infections, ear infections, bladder infections and throat infections may also cause a high fever. In some cases, body temperature reaches 103 F due to heat exposure or the presence of medical conditions that produce inflammation.

Other potential causes of this type of fever include drug use, autoimmune diseases and hormone imbalances. It is important to seek the advice of a trained medical professional any time an adult or child's temperature reaches 103 F.

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