One of the biggest facts when it comes to diagnosing one’s wellbeing is whether or not they have a fever. A way to determine this is to take someone’s body temperature. This is always said but are you sure you are doing this correctly? Taking an accurate body temperature reading can be the difference between going to sleep or going to the hospital so making sure it is done correctly can be critical to maintaining good health.
What is body temperature?
Body temperature, as the name suggests, is the temperature of the body. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). However, it is important to note that there is also a range that depends on many factors. A fever is usually anything above the measurement of 100.4°F. This means that your body is doing what it is supposed to be by fighting off germs and other ailments. However, this can be a sign to call or visit a doctor.
How should I take the temperature?
There are multiple types of thermometers and different areas of the body are measured. There are digital thermometers that are used either orally, rectally, or axillary. It is important to stay still for these measurements and make sure that there is not much movement. Also, there are tympanic thermometers that go inside the ear. All of these methods can be effective but make sure to read the provided instructions and to properly clean after each use especially if used while sick.
As with all health matters getting a professional opinion is key if you have any concerns or questions. Every person is unique which means that every situation is different so talking to professionals will help you be in a better position. Experts will know just how to get the very best care for your needs as well as answer any questions you may have. Best Home Care offers a full menu of home health services, all with the comfort and well-being of your loved one as the central focus. We care for clients from all walks of life, all age groups, and with all types of home health needs. If you have any questions or want more information please reach out to us. Contact us today!