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A 32-year-old female asked:

Why would a rectal temp be 99.4, an oral temp be 99.2, but a forehead/temple says it's 96.6? and are those rectal and oral temps within the normal range?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
All pretty normal: A well done oral temperature will approach the true core temperature reflected in the rectal temp. A skin surface temperature is expected to be lower that the others cited .
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