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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?

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

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What is the best thermometer to use on my baby?

What is the best thermometer to use on my baby?

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

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How can I know if I are sick without a thermometer?

How can I know if I are sick without a thermometer?

There are many: Potential signs of illness other than a fever. A fever is rarely the only symptom of sickness. If you feel perfectly fine, there is no need to monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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What is the most accurate thermometer on the market?

What is the most accurate thermometer on the market?

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

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How many degrees higher is a rectal thermometer than an oral one?

How many degrees higher is a rectal thermometer than an oral one?

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

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What type of thermometer should I use to take my baby's temperature?

What type of thermometer should I use to take my baby's temperature?

Rectal thermometer: It's still the most accurate, especially in children who are too young to cooperate with an oral thermometer. A cheap digital one is best. It's quite safe. It just takes a little getting used to the idea. Ear and forehead thermometers can be notoriously unreliable. ...Read more

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Is there any way at all to work out my temperature without a thermometer?

Is there any way at all to work out my temperature without a thermometer?

Temperature: I don' belive so. Your use of the word temperature implies a measured value. ...Read more

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I was sick and my thermometer noted my temp at 108. Could that even be possible?

I was sick and my thermometer noted my temp at 108. Could that even be possible?

No.: Not if you lived to tell the tale. 108 is usually found in extreme heat stroke; fever never gets the temperature up that high. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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How to know of my thermometer contains mercury!?

Thermometer: Thermometers are no longer commonly produced with Hg, do to environmental concerns. If silver metallic liquid in old device, maybe suspect Hg. Contents can still be toxic. ...Read more

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Is eating mercury from a thermometer toxic?

Is eating mercury from a thermometer toxic?

Yes: If you break the thermometer and pour the mercury out and rub it on your skin. ...Read more

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Is mercury from thermometers bad?

Mercury is very: Toxic. So you don't ever want to handle mercury from a broken thermometer. ...Read more

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How far do I need to insert rectal thermometer?

How far do I need to insert rectal thermometer?

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, so never force it! ...Read more

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What's the best type of thermometer to use for a 6 month old?

What's the best type of thermometer to use for a 6 month old?

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

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Is it safe to take rectal temperature with digital thermometer?

No: Not unless it is specified on the manufecturer directions. Though it may not be harmful it may not be accurate ...Read more

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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

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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

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

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Which is correct? Axillary temp always 99.2 (that's with degree added), oral temp always 98.4/5. Same thermometer.

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

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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.

Not Bad/Hypothyroidi: 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

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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°

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

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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