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do you have to add a degree when you take your temperature under your arm for an adult? also what is considered a fever?

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Dr. David Ellis
41 years experience Family Medicine
Temperature: In general a normal temperature is measured at 98.6° orally. If the temp is taken under the arm an addition of 1° is accepted to get the actual temp. A rectal temp is generally 1° higher than the ORAL temperature, so the degree that is measured would be reduced by 1° to get the actual temp. Generally a fever would be an actual temp greater than 100.4 due to the range of normal variation.
Answered on Oct 12, 2020

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