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A 39-year-old male asked:

Are there different normal readings for a thermometer type? for example, i have a forehead temple thermometer that will read high (99), while oral will read 98.

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Body temperature: 99F is not high: everybody's temp goes that high from time to time. 98.6F is the average, not the top normal temperature. Everyone's body temperature varies from around 96.5F to 99.5F over the course of a day and can be slightly different at different sites. And different thermometers might have minor errors or be differently calibrated. If always below 99.5, usually there is no fever.
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