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WHY MEASURE BODY TEMPERATURE?

Body temperature is a vital indicator of one's health. A number of diseases are accompanied by characteristic changes in body temperature. Likewise, the course of certain diseases can be monitored by measuring body temperature. The efficiency of many treatments can be evaluated by monitoring body temperature and changes therein. Fever is a reaction to disease-specific stimuli, where the setpoint of the temperature control center is varied to promote the body's defenses against the disease process. Fever is the most common form of pathological (disease-related) elevation of body temperature.

Rectal Measurement:
The most reliable core temperature is obtained by inserting a thermometer into the rectum. This measurement is accurate and has low scattering in the results. The normal range is: 97.16 degrees Fahrenheit (36.2 degrees Celsius) to 99.86 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius).

Oral Measurement:
Oral measurements should be performed under the tongue (sublingually). This measurement underestimates the rectal temperature by approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit (.5 degrees Celsius).

Under-arm (Axillar) Measurement:
The only types of body surface temperature measurement used in clinically settings are under-arm and groin measurements. There is a difference between these measurements and rectal measurements of 1 degree fahrenheit (.5 degrees Celsius).


Q & A ABOUT FEVER MONITORING AND EAR TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT:

» Q & A about fever monitoring
» Q & A about ear temperature measurement


Q & A ABOUT FEVER MONITORING
  1. How accurately can I take a temperature?
  2. Where should I take the temperature?
  3. What is important in taking a temperature?
  4. Why measure body temperature?

Q & A ABOUT EAR TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT
  1. Is the Microlife ear thermometer waterproof?
  2. Which type of battery is required for replacement?
  3. How long should the battery last?
  4. What is the lifetime of the Microlife ear thermometer?
  5. Can I measure temperature when my child has an ear infection?
  6. Does earwax influence the results?
  7. Does room temperature affect readings?
  8. Is the Microlife ear thermometer suitable for animals?
  9. Can I use the Microlife ear thermometer while travelling in a car or ambulance car? Do cold temperatures during winter affect readings?
  10. Can a woman use the Microlife Ear Thermometer to measure basal body temperature to determine ovulation?
  11. Can I measure the temperature of baby milk or baby's bath water?
  12. Can I use the Microlife ear thermometer for body temperature measurements at other points of the body?
  13. Is the Microlife ear thermometer suitable for premature infants as well as for the elderly?
  14. Why do I get different results from left to right ear?
  15. Which ear should you use to measure body temperature?
  16. When and how often should I clean or disinfect the Microlife ear thermometer?
  17. How do I know that the device is still accurate over time or after being dropped?
  18. Does the Microlife ear thermometer require calibration?
  19. Why may I get different readings when taking many measurements?
  20. Is the Microlife ear thermometers as accurate as hospital devices?
  21. How does the reading from a Microlife ear thermometer compare to an oral reading? Rectal? Axilarry?
  22. Can the probe cover remain on the tip after measurement?
  23. How many times can I use the same probe cover?
  24. Why must a probe cover be used with the Microlife ear thermometer?
  25. Can the Microlife infrared ear thermometer harm you in any way?
  26. Is it safe to fully insert the probe in the ear of children and babies?
  27. How does the Microlife ear thermometer work?
  28. Why measure body temperature at the ear?

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