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I've been sick for a few weeks now bronchitis, now the past few days been feeling sick again achy and everything. I am hot so took my temp, but it was low 96.4. Why so low? What could it mean?

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Dr. Cecily Kelly
Family Medicine
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In brief: Bad thermometer

Your low temp may be a faulty thermometer. If you have been ill for a few weeks (especially now since it is flu season) you should be seen by your doctor.

In brief: Bad thermometer

Your low temp may be a faulty thermometer. If you have been ill for a few weeks (especially now since it is flu season) you should be seen by your doctor.
Dr. Cecily Kelly
Dr. Cecily Kelly
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Dr. Linda Nelson
Family Medicine

In brief: Low temp

Oral temps are normally 1.
32f lower & may be falsely even lower for many reasons. Such as recent ingestion of a cool or cold drink, mouth breathing, hyperventilation, & inadequate measurement time (you need up to several minutes when using a mercury thermometers), tympanic measurements are far less accurate. Rectal temps are the most accurate temps. Temps are lowest in the morning and highest @ pm.

In brief: Low temp

Oral temps are normally 1.
32f lower & may be falsely even lower for many reasons. Such as recent ingestion of a cool or cold drink, mouth breathing, hyperventilation, & inadequate measurement time (you need up to several minutes when using a mercury thermometers), tympanic measurements are far less accurate. Rectal temps are the most accurate temps. Temps are lowest in the morning and highest @ pm.
Dr. Linda Nelson
Dr. Linda Nelson
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