Should I go to the doctors?
I got sent home from work after they took my temperature when I was coming in and it was 101.5, but when I took it at home it was 96.9. At work they ended up using a forehead thermometer, but at home I used the thermometer that you put in your mouth. Which one is more accurate? Also should I contact my doctor?
- LaurenLv 62 months ago
Forehead thermometers are not terribly accurate. The oral one is more accurate.
- Diane ALv 72 months ago
Not necessarily unless you have symptoms that need immediate attention--a fever not being one at 101. Take tylenol. You go to the docs if they can do something for you you cant do at home or need the ER/hospital. There are also phone advice lines
- billrussell42Lv 72 months ago
time of day is important, your temp tends to be low in the morning and increase thru the day by a degree or two.
What kind of oral thermometer? I always had trouble with the old glass types, you have to hold it under your tongue for quite a few minutes. I finally bought a digital one that takes a reading quickly and beeps to let you know you can take it out.
PS: I did find that if I drank something cold, the oral readings would be lower for a bit.