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Doctor insights on: Rectal Thermometer Adults

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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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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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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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I have two rectal thermometers for kids and I don't know which one is right on one it says his temp is 101 on the other 99.5 one is Vicks brand one is rell on?

I have two rectal thermometers for kids and I don't know which one is right on one it says his temp is 101 on the other 99.5 one is Vicks brand one is rell on?

Rectal temperature: The normal rectal temperature of a child is between 97° and 100° f (36.0 to 37.7° c).
Use digital thermometer there acurate and safe hold it for about 3 minutes. ...Read more

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9mo registered 96°F rectal temp using two thermometers. Is there something wrong? She has been acting normal but had fever yesterday.

9mo registered 96°F rectal temp using two thermometers. Is there something wrong? She has been acting normal but had fever yesterday.

A little low: A rectal temp of 96 in an infant is a bit on the low side. Although infections typically present with HIGH temperature, some present with a LOW one. This situation is unlikely in the face of a well appearing child, but a trip to the pediatrician for reassurance wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read more

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What is the normal temperature range for an adult if using an ear thermometer ?

Not the best therms: There is a range of temps and an individual's body temperature changes throughout the day in a diurnal pattern. Usually lowest in AM at about 7 and peaks at about 5 PM. ...Read more

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I read in several places that a normal adult temperature with an ear thermometer is 99.5. Is this true?

I read in several places that a normal adult temperature with an ear thermometer is 99.5.  Is this true?

Normal Temperature: Nope. The average body temperature of a healthy human is 98.6. Taking the temperature in the ear can range one to two degrees lower and still be considered normal. 99.5 is a fever. ...Read more

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Was giving one of my children a rectal temp. Before i had a chance to wash it, his bro took thermometer and put it up nose. Worry about e. Coli?

Was giving one of my children a rectal temp. Before i had a chance to wash it, his bro took thermometer and put it up nose. Worry about e. Coli?

It happens: Kids do crazy things sometimes. Something like this comes along that you never even though could happen in your home. Our skin/mucosal linings are there to protect us. In the event of redness in or around the nose and/or discharge, have your pediatrician take a look. Otherwise, remind him to never do that again. Take a deep breath, he'll be ok. ...Read more

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Just asked.Took 4 month old sons temp with rectal thermometer.There was some bleeding.He has not been constipated.Dr visit or what should I do?

Just asked.Took 4 month old sons temp with rectal thermometer.There was some bleeding.He has not been constipated.Dr visit or what should I do?

See doctor: Hopefully you used vasiline to insert. Protect infant from throwing buttocks against table as this could cause trauma. Need to also see physician to check cause of fever. ...Read more

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Mucus w/ little red on thermometer after take 2 yo rectal.Found tiny piece glass in stool 4d ago, related? Don't know where glass from. No other blood

Mucus w/ little red on thermometer after take 2 yo rectal.Found tiny piece glass in stool 4d ago, related? Don't know where glass from. No other blood

Get Checked: I agree with the other answer completely. It can be normal for children to eat non-food items (a behavior called pica). But eating glass can be dangerous. And as was mentioned, checking temperature indicates some other concern. Though likely nothing serious, it's best to have a pediatrician evaluate your child. ...Read more

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Can a cold cause a fever in an adult?Have cold symptoms & temp of 99.5 using ear thermometer. Just took some cold meds.I'm scared! Sorry I'm a worrier

Can a cold cause a fever in an adult?Have cold symptoms & temp of 99.5 using ear thermometer. Just took some cold meds.I'm scared! Sorry I'm a worrier

It usily does : Cold or an upper respiratory infection are caused by viruses and frequently cause quite a few symptoms, including fever which can range from mild to very high. The good news is that the cold is a self limiting disease lasting no more than 7-10 days, for which OTC meds usually suffice. ...Read more

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I took my 1 yr daughter into the ER for a fever and throwing up they checked her temp by rectal thermometer. They inserted it almost 3 inches in her! she screamed and threw up immediately after!Is there by chance they could have seriously hurt her?

I took my 1 yr daughter into the ER for a fever and throwing up they checked her temp by rectal thermometer. They inserted it almost 3 inches in her! she screamed and threw up immediately after!Is there by chance they could have seriously hurt her?

Doubt it: The rectum is a tube with thick walls. You can insert a tube up to 6 inches or so before it must turn a corner in a 1yo. I have never seen any 1 yo thrilled to have a rectal temp or seen one with an injury from such a procedure. ...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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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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Is mercury from thermometers bad?

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