Phoenix Healthcare Solutions is proud to announce the arrival of its new Digital Thermometer. It was designed with one goal in mind, maximum patient comfort.
Thermometers: How to Take your Temperature
An accurate reading of a person’s temperature is a vital tool in managing illness. Here are the different types of thermometers and how to use them, along with information on when it’s time to call your healthcare provider.
Why should I take my temperature?
Checking your body’s temperature with a thermometer is an easy way to see if a fever is present. A fever, which is a rise in the body’s temperature, is usually caused by an infection. Though fevers can be uncomfortable, they are a sign that the body is fighting off infection.
There are many different types of thermometers you can use to measure temperature. When using any kind of thermometer, make sure you read and follow the instructions that come with the thermometer. If your thermometer uses batteries, check them. You might notice that weak batteries give inconsistent readings.
What is a normal body temperature?
Normal body temperature is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or 37 degrees Celsius (°C). Normal temperature often varies from 1° to 2°F (½° to 1°C). A normal temperature is usually lower in the morning and increases during the day. It reaches its high in the late afternoon or evening.
What temperature is considered a fever?
In adults, a fever is considered to be a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or above. You can treat this at home with a fever reducer medication and fluids to make yourself more comfortable, or let it run its course. But if it reaches 102°F (38.8°C) or higher and home treatment doesn’t lower it, call your healthcare provider.
What types of thermometer should I use to take a temperature?
A digital thermometer is the most accurate and quickest way to take a temperature. Digital thermometers are available in most drug stores and supermarket pharmacies. Depending on where you shop. Be sure to follow package instructions while using any thermometer.
How to use a digital thermometer?
A digital thermometer can be used three different ways. These include: