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Disposable Thermometer Medication
I don't have a thermometer and drug stores around me are closed. I think I might have a fever. How can I find out if I have a fever?
Do you need to know?: You don't need to treat fever in and of itself, so it is not imperative you know what your temperature is unless you have other health conditions where a fever could be a severe warning sign - like if you immunocompromised. Otherwise, be more aware of other symptoms, keep yourself hydrated and rest tonight. If you absolutely need your temp, places like walmart have thermometers, some quik-marts. ...Read more
My disposable mercury thermometer broke and I took about half an hour to clean it (used gloves but not a mask and obvs I breathed) should I be worried?
No: The risk is greater with some mercury compounds. Do try to avoid the stuff ...Read more
Parent dependent: Whatever you feel most comfortable with. You could always ask your pediatrician or simply go online and look at lots and lots of reviews from like-minded parent's. The exergen thermometer has lots of media coverage, but its own set of drawbacks. ...Read more
Stick with the....: Classics. A tried and true digital thermometer that you place under the arm or tongue is the best and safest way to measure a child's temperature. These are a safe version of the old glass thermometers that can acquire temperature info from the same sites. Leave the ear thermometers to the medical professionals. They can be tricky to use and to avoid inaccurately measuring the ear canal wall temp. ...Read more
Thermometer: Depends on which ones. Mercury ones are most accurate. ...Read more
Varies: If the oral temperature is take correctly, under the tongue with the mouth closed the entire time the thermometer is reading, it shouldn't be much different from rectal. Babies can't follow these instructions, so if you want' to accurately know a baby's temperature, do it rectally. All other methods are far less reliable (unless you ask someone trying to sell you something). ...Read more
Temperature: I don' belive so. Your use of the word temperature implies a measured value. ...Read more
Not sick- but had 100.6 temp, then 99.7 then 98.6 in span of 30 minutes. Used different thermometers to check. Not on meds. Why body fluctuates temp?
Thermometer problem: Likely the problem here is not that your body is fluctuating in temperature, but that the thermometer is giving inconsistent measurements. An ear thermometer can vary depending on the angle used during measurement. ...Read more
I've been through several thermometers. My temp will be 104, then to confirm, I take again. 96. Then again 100. Then 89. In 30 minutes. What the hell?
Get a new electronic: Urinate into a clean cup and immediately measure the temperature of the fluid. That will give you the most accurate measure of core temperature. ...Read more
My boyfriend has had a high feverbfor 36 hours and I haven't gotten it to break once. I have tried everything and have no thermometer. What should I do? He has no insurance.
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, and definitely much more accurate than an oral or axillary temperature. Definitely avoid the ear thermometers at this age as they are notoriously inaccurate. ...Read more
No: Not unless it is specified on the manufecturer directions. Though it may not be harmful it may not be accurate ...Read more
How long will I have to be exposed to mercury (such that from a broken thermometer) before it will affect me?
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. ...Read more
How do I know if a thermometer is right? One says 99.8. Other says 98.5. Ones made by vicks. Other a cvs store
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 way, so you should go by symptoms and see your doctor. ...Read more
Which is correct? Axillary temp always 99.2 (that's with degree added), oral temp always 98.4/5. Same thermometer.
Both are: They both represent a normal temperature and are well within the range of variation you see taking it in different ways. ...Read more
My temp was 95.9. Just now when I woke up. Its now up to 96.9. Is this bad? Usually run temp in 97s using home thermometer. Rarely 98.
Your temp was 95.9 and has come up to your normal of 97
low temp can be due to low temp in your room or when outside and it comes up to normal as you warm up.
If you are otherwise feeling ok, there is nothing to be concerned about it
hypothyroidism can also contribute to lower body temp. ...Read more
My usual body temperature is always 97.5/6- on any thermometer. Is this strange that it's so low? Even when I'm sick it never goes above 99°
Normal body temperat: That is still in the range of normal body temperature. You are young and apparently healthy so you probably don't get sick often which is the reason you don't get fevers. A viral illness may only raise your temperature a little bit. ...Read more
I have a baby thermometer and it changed itself somehow to celsius. Instead of trying to change it I need to know what's a good celsius reading?
I take my axillary temperature several times and it was 95.3F; when I take with same thermometer orally, it is 98, 2F. Is that difference relevant? Txs
No, different: Methods of taking your temperature yield different results, some are more accurate than others and depend on operator ...Read more
Silly question. I have 3 sick boys at home. I bought a new rectal thermometer and in my exhaustion forgot to wash it before using it. Should I worry?
While not ideal...: I wouldn't worry too much. Just be sure to wash it after using it! ...Read more