Therapist Aksenova: what body temperature is considered deadly

Therapist Galina Aksenova told what thermometer readings can be considered life-threatening.

High temperature is a healthy reaction of the body to infection. This is a symptom of a disease, not a disease. Raising the temperature helps kill viruses or bacteria that cause infection.

—The normal temperature is different for each person. For some people this is the “standard” 36.6 ºС, for others 35.7 ºС, and for some 37.0 ºС,” the doctor noted

A rise in temperature above 42 degrees is considered life-threatening, because then, according to Aksenova, the body’s proteins are destroyed. At a temperature of 40-42 ºС we can talk about heat stroke, which causes a malfunction of the central nervous system and all organs.

Can a temperature above 38.5 degrees be deadly? Maybe if a person suffers from certain pathologies, for example, he has serious problems with the liver, kidneys, cardiovascular system, and so on.

Types of fever

  • Mild (subfebrile) temperature 37.1-37.9
  • Moderate (febrile) temperature (from 38 to 38.9)
  • High (pyretic) temperature (from 39 to 41)
  • Excessive (hyperpyretic) temperature (41 and above)
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How to reduce the temperature at home? It will help:

  • plenty of unsweetened drinks,
  • bed rest,
  • keep the room cool,
  • light clothing that does not warm the body.

What diseases can occur at a temperature of 39?

The flu begins acutely with an increase in temperature immediately to high numbers (39-40), often accompanied by chills. Symptoms of general intoxication appear: headache, weakness, muscle and joint pain, lacrimation, pain in the eyeballs.

Temperatures above 39 degrees can lead to irreversible consequences in the central nervous system, dehydration and disruption of the cardiovascular system. Blood viscosity often increases, which can provoke the formation of blood clots.

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Important! Information provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.