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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Derman
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
BBT: To do basal body temperature charting you need to purchase a basal thermometer and check your temp the first thing when you get up in the morning even ... Read More
Dr. Carol Peters-tanksley
35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Basal body temp: Checking yoru temperature with a basal body thermometer can help detect ovulation: consider getting a special thermometer at your pharmacy. Also consi ... Read More

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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Mercury is very: toxic. So you don't ever want to handle mercury from a broken thermometer.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
44 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: warm water and soap is even better
Dr. Stephen Southard
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Try to avoid: Dettol liquid(the yellow stuff) is used to clean wounds by some, but has been shown to be toxic to humans in large doses(though most things are toxic ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
34 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Just the tip: Rectal thermometers measure core body temp, so just getting the tip inside (past the sphincter) is enough. Too far can cause pain and possibly damage, ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jess Crosier
31 years experience Pathology
Thermometer: Thermometers are no longer commonly produced with Hg, do to environmental concerns. If silver metallic liquid in old device, maybe suspect Hg. Conte ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Roberts
23 years experience Pediatrics
Digital rectal therm: A simple digital rectal thermometer is advisable in a young infant. Believe it or not, rectal temperatures are very easy to take, in many cases faster ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Hernandez
12 years experience Family Medicine
No: Not unless it is specified on the manufecturer directions. Though it may not be harmful it may not be accurate
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Riney
37 years experience Pediatrics
Unlikely now: Most thermometers no longer contain mercury, unless it was really old and you played with it and breathed in the fumes you should be okay.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Warren Foster
20 years experience Cardiac Electrophysiology
Both OK: Thermometers aren't always standardized. Your average temperature may be high, or vary through out the day. 98.5 and 99.8 are not too high either wa ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Both are: They both represent a normal temperature and are well within the range of variation you see taking it in different ways.
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